JOHN PROCTOR What what are we doing here Where are we ELIZABETH PROCTOR We re in a review, John JOHN PROCTOR A review JOHN HALE Yes, a review Newt Gingrich has been encouraging people to read The Crucible We ve agreed to help him.SAMUEL PARRIS It s our duty, John We re in the middle of the second worst witch hunt in American history JOHN PROCTOR The second worst SAMUEL PARRIS Yes, the second worst After what s going to happen to Donald Trump in 2017 But at least our case is rem JOHN PROCTOR What what are we doing here Where are we ELIZABETH PROCTOR We re in a review, John JOHN PROCTOR A review JOHN HALE Yes, a review Newt Gingrich has been encouraging people to read The Crucible We ve agreed to help him.SAMUEL PARRIS It s our duty, John We re in the middle of the second worst witch hunt in American history JOHN PROCTOR The second worst SAMUEL PARRIS Yes, the second worst After what s going to happen to Donald Trump in 2017 But at least our case is remotely comparable, so it offers people a point of reference.JOHN PROCTOR What s going to happen to him Is he going to be pressed under huge stones like my friend Giles Corey SAMUEL PARRIS I don t think so.JOHN PROCTOR Hanged on the basis of false accusations like Rebecca Nurse SAMUEL PARRIS I believe not.JOHN PROCTOR Entrapped and then imprisoned like my poor, wronged wife SAMUEL PARRIS I have different information.JOHN PROCTOR Well, what then SAMUEL PARRIS People on late night talk shows are going to make a great many sarcastic comments about his tweeting habit And after a while, he ll have said so many insane and self incriminating things that a special counsel will be appointed to find out just what the hell is going on.THE WHOLE COURT Oh, how dreadfulPause JOHN PROCTOR You re right We have to do something.CURTAIN This is a magnificent play about what happens when hysteria takes over a society, and evil people gain access to the levers of power something, alas, which happens all too frequently.The focus of the story is John Proctor s struggle to redeem himself from the horrible guilt he has suffered since committing adultery with Abigail This is indeed very moving But, for some reason, the part I think of most often is a detail concerning one of the minor characters, Giles Corey, who dies offstage half This is a magnificent play about what happens when hysteria takes over a society, and evil people gain access to the levers of power something, alas, which happens all too frequently.The focus of the story is John Proctor s struggle to redeem himself from the horrible guilt he has suffered since committing adultery with Abigail This is indeed very moving But, for some reason, the part I think of most often is a detail concerning one of the minor characters, Giles Corey, who dies offstage halfway through Giles is one of many citizens falsely accused of witchcraft by Abigail and those who are exploiting her He is an impossible situation irrespective of whether he pleads guilty or innocent, he is doomed But Giles has a long history of litigation, and knows the law very well He simply refuses to enter any plea at all.They fetch huge stones, and lay them on top of him, to force him to say something But the only words he ever utters are More weight And so he dies uncompromised, and his farm is inherited by his children The person telling the story finishes, and adds, It was a fearsome man, Giles Corey.I just looked it up on Wikipedia apparently it s all true The article is very good A masterpiece in the history of Theatrehow can one put into words all the feelings that come to surface when you read The Crucible What makes it evenshuttering, is the fact that it has always been relevant to any era, because it represents the fear in front of something we cannot understand, and the need to create witch hunts in order to cover up our own faults as human beings and as members of our socities John Proctor is the Everyman, he stands for every human being that is rightfu A masterpiece in the history of Theatrehow can one put into words all the feelings that come to surface when you read The Crucible What makes it evenshuttering, is the fact that it has always been relevant to any era, because it represents the fear in front of something we cannot understand, and the need to create witch hunts in order to cover up our own faults as human beings and as members of our socities John Proctor is the Everyman, he stands for every human being that is rightfully afraid in front of the face of an inhuman justice, being torchured over imaginary faults and mistakes What elevates him to greatness, though, is his fight with himself and the way he wins it over, desperately battling to preserve his honour, his name I have given you my soul, leave me my name is the ultimate cry for respect and understanding in a society that has lost all elements of compassion I wonder, is our time so very different than those by gone eras Are weunderstanding now,open minded Do we find the respect we ask for Do we earn it I fear we won t like the answer The Crucible a play in four acts, Arthur Miller The Crucible is a 1953 play by American playwright Arthur Miller Miller wrote the play as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the United States government persecuted people accused of being communists 1972 The Crucible a play in four acts, Arthur Miller The Crucible is a 1953 play by American playwright Arthur Miller Miller wrote the play as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the United States government persecuted people accused of being communists 1972 1345 125 20 1368 155 1388 191 9789642837878 1389 208 9789642434626 1952 1692 1693 I may be in the minority here, but I love me a female villain that has little to no redeemable qualities Not even kidding This could be because almost every single thing Americans read in high school involves a male narrator TKAM is the exception, and Scout Finch is a tomboy, so surrounded by terrible women whose sole purpose is to somehow ruin the man s life Why do I love these despicable women Because it s fun finding reasons they re motivated to be awful while everyone else in the I may be in the minority here, but I love me a female villain that has little to no redeemable qualities Not even kidding This could be because almost every single thing Americans read in high school involves a male narrator TKAM is the exception, and Scout Finch is a tomboy, so surrounded by terrible women whose sole purpose is to somehow ruin the man s life Why do I love these despicable women Because it s fun finding reasons they re motivated to be awful while everyone else in the audience is busy loathing them looking at you, Cersei Lannister and Delores Umbridge.John Proctor can call Abigail Williams a whore all the live long day, but she s not the one who is cheating on anyone She s also half his age She also lived in a society that repressed absolutely everyone, women in particular, and ever citizen lived in fear of their own shadow thanks to the hellfire loving God and snooping neighbors Children were seen, not heard Puritans spent all day, every day working and praying except Sunday then you were just praying Girl had a lot of pent up energy So, when John Proctor showed her a way toehmchannel that energythere was no going back Also, people in Salem were all tripping balls thanks to ergotism poisoning, so she probably actually did see a few of those spirits flying around the courtroom.She was still a horrible human being But, I sure do love revisiting the insanity of 1692 every so often.Finally, of course I also love the play because Arthur Miller wrote it to remind us of why literal and metaphorical witch hunts are dangerous Sadly, it s 2019 and we still aren t listening to him Our witch hunts take place online now Maybe we d pay attention if Abigail had a Twitter account P.S Giles Corey was a badass I m positive historical censorship rewrote his last words, because they most absolutely had to be, More weight, motherfuckers Because it is my name Because I cannot have another in my life The Crucible is many things A piece of great American theatre, a gift to actors, and a wonderful read One thing it is not is a piece of history, so be warned Too many people read this as a historical text, despite Arthur Miller s explicit instructions in the play s notes to not do so, and thus they miss the forest for the trees This is not an examination of the Salem Witch Trials, but rather a fictional rendering of a histor Because it is my name Because I cannot have another in my life The Crucible is many things A piece of great American theatre, a gift to actors, and a wonderful read One thing it is not is a piece of history, so be warned Too many people read this as a historical text, despite Arthur Miller s explicit instructions in the play s notes to not do so, and thus they miss the forest for the trees This is not an examination of the Salem Witch Trials, but rather a fictional rendering of a historical event, in order for the modern reader or viewer to examine their own bias, prejudices, hypocrisy, or concepts of honor.To me, this play is about one s man s personal redemption The protagonist of the play, John Proctor, is a fallen man for many reasons, and the play really traces his moral progression to final absolution through honor, truth, and dignity The events of Salem in 1692 are used for dramatic purposes to tell this story And what a story it is.Every time I read this play I feel intense hatred for theocracy and dogmatic religion wherever it may be found, and I also find myself examining my own personal code of ethics and seeing how I stand in the world of moral affairs I should add this play makes me hate rigid dogma in all areas Politics, religion, philosophy, science, etc Mob mentality, politics above all else, etc are not exclusive to the world of religion or a certain political or scientific philosophy If you think they are, you are the dogmatic fool this play takes on The Crucible is wonderfully structured in four acts, each one better than the one that preceded it, and it builds to a crescendo and a very abrupt ending that leaves the reader with a pounding heart, an angry mind, and a moral quandary No small feat The text has a very large cast of characters, but in this edition all of Miller s notes are included, and so it reads like a novel, and is a very enjoyable experience, even if one never actually sees it in performance In the hands of a bad acting company it would be deadly dull, but done well it is exciting The film version, for which Arthur Miller also wrote the screenplay, is not bad either Daniel Day Lewis is an excellent John Proctor, and it captures the spirit of the text very well.The climactic moment of the play is preceded by a very tender and brutally touching scene between a husband and wife, both of whom have had their moments of not loving the other one well My heart ached and soared while reading it.If you don t know this seminal American work, you should Read it, let it take you on a very emotional journey, and then self reflect The greatest literature makes us do just that Book ReviewI may be a little unpopular with my 3 of 5 stars rating for The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller, but in my world, a 3 means it s your generally good book play movie with some great things, some bad things, and an overall yeah, you should probably read it The topic Salem Witch Trials, one of my absolute favorite time periods in American history to research Miller is brilliant, I acknowledge it He bring suspense, timing and charisma in everything he does But when thiBook ReviewI may be a little unpopular with my 3 of 5 stars rating for The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller, but in my world, a 3 means it s your generally good book play movie with some great things, some bad things, and an overall yeah, you should probably read it The topic Salem Witch Trials, one of my absolute favorite time periods in American history to research Miller is brilliant, I acknowledge it He bring suspense, timing and charisma in everything he does But when this is about an episode from our history over 250 years before the play was written, I expected something a bit different stronger Too many scenes were too dry for me.So many schools put this play on as a high school production Even in colleges sometimes I was tempted to look for it on Broadway I mean, I do live in NYC Why wouldn t I go try it out Really I blame myself here.Characters are great You do feel strong emotions towards them I think what I wantedof was the mysterious air surrounding those deemed a witch There are some scenes where it s almost there for me, but ultimately I wantedI should probably give it another chance it s been almost 25 yearsAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film 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witchcraft galvanize the town s most basic fears and suspicions and when a young girl accuses Elizabeth Proctor of being a witch, self righteous church leaders and townspeople insist that Elizabeth be brought to trial The ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbor to testify against neighbor brilliantly illuminates the destructive power of socially sanctioned violenceWritten in , The Crucible is a mirror Miller uses to reflect the anti communist hysteria inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy s witch hunts in the United States Within the text itself, Miller contemplates the parallels, writing, Political opposition is given an inhumane overlay, which then justifies the abrogation of all normally applied customs of civilized behavior A political policy is equated with moral right, and opposition to it with diabolical malevolence WIth an introduction by Christopher Bigsby back cover Recently, a group of students allegedly shouted anti India slogans at the Jawaharlal Nehru University JNU in Delhi, and the political and religious conservatives in India went virtually mad Soon, any criticism of India was seen as unpatriotic and traitorous The JNU, a leftist stronghold and a thorn in the flesh of the Hindu Right Wing government at the centre, was termed a positive hotbed of crime and vice and a recruiting ground for terrorists Many a Muslim, unless he wore his love of Indi Recently, a group of students allegedly shouted anti India slogans at the Jawaharlal Nehru University JNU in Delhi, and the political and religious conservatives in India went virtually mad Soon, any criticism of India was seen as unpatriotic and traitorous The JNU, a leftist stronghold and a thorn in the flesh of the Hindu Right Wing government at the centre, was termed a positive hotbed of crime and vice and a recruiting ground for terrorists Many a Muslim, unless he wore his love of India on his sleeve for all to see, was branded a Pakistani agent the refusal to say Bharat Mata ki Jai Victory to Mother India resulted in intimidation and even physical abuse in many places.What is interesting about this phenomena is that it is not only an orchestrated move from the right wingers many Indians are genuinely frightened that Pakistanis are in our midst, bent on destroying the country with the support of the leftists There is a paranoia that is being exploited by the political vultures.I am frightened by how much this resembles McCarthyism the madness that gripped America from 1950 to 56 and destroyed many lives and careers Wikipedia says During the McCarthy era, thousands of Americans were accused of being communists or communist sympathizers and became the subject of aggressive investigations and questioning before government or private industry panels, committees and agencies The primary targets of such suspicions were government employees, those in the entertainment industry, educators and union activists Suspicions were often given credence despite inconclusive or questionable evidence, and the level of threat posed by a person s real or supposed leftist associations or beliefs was often greatly exaggerated Many people suffered loss of employment and or destruction of their careers some even suffered imprisonment Most of these punishments came about through trial verdicts later overturned, laws that were later declared unconstitutional, dismissals for reasons later declared illegal or actionable, or extra legal procedures that would come into general disrepute.It seems that human beings don t learn anything from history, and therefore keep on repeating it.But then, according to Arthur Miller, the Red Scare of the fifties was a repeat of a much darker event from the seventeenth century the Salem Witch Trails He wrote this play in 1953 to remind fellow citizens on how mass hysteria can engulf a society and demolish civilisation.in 1692, a group of children in Salem were afflicted by diseases which showed classical symptoms of hysteria, but were soon diagnosed as demonic possession by the church authorities based partly on the children s own confused utterings Soon, people were being denounced left and right as witches and executed Malicious people with revenge and other material interests such as grabbing a condemned person s property seems to have contributed enthusiastically to the madness As John Proctor, an accused, says in the play Is the accuser always holy now Were they born this morning as clean as God s fingers I ll tell you what s walking Salem vengeance is walking Salem We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law These words are chillingly applicable to both McCarthyism and the events I quoted at the beginning common vengeance is writing the law Anybody can be accused proof is not required, accusation is proof enough Any kind of fair dealing and neutrality would be seen as potential collaboration, so the safest thing is to side with the accusers Verily, the term witch hunt has entered the English language with strong credentials.A fire, a fire is burning I hear the boot of Lucifer, I see his filthy face And it is my face, and yours, Danforth For them that quail to bring men out of ignorance, as I have quailed, and as you quail now when you know in all your black hearts that this be fraud God damns our kind especially, and we will burn, we will burn together We will We, the conformists who let the madness continue to save our own islands of comfort in this burning sea of paranoid anger From the Oxford English Dictionary 1 A ceramic or metal container in which metals or other substances may be melted or subjected to very high temperatures1.1 A situation of severe trial, or in which different elements interact, leading to the creation of something newIt is evident that Arthur Miller put a lot of thought into the naming of his play He wanted to emphasise the heat and the fire, the hatred and the horror at the same time, he also wanted to point out that after the melting process, a refined product would come out Times of extreme tribulations in society are usually followed by a period of rejuvenation.The playwright takes a lot of liberty with history to make his point This is nothing new Shakespeare regularly did this, it seems So in the play, the historical 11 year old Abigail Williams, the niece of the puritan minister Reverend Parris of Salem is transformed into an oversexed teen She has seduced John Proctor in whose house she was working as a servant, and has apparently tried out some black magic to kill his wife During such a magic session in the woods with Tituba and other kids, the Parris s Caribbean servant, they are surprised by the minister Betty, the minister s young daughter, falls into a dead faint and cannot be cured by the doctor Abigail immediately shouts witchcraft, and others join in and soon the subterfuge becomes mass hysteria.Miller has chosen John Proctor to be tragic hero of this play haunted by guilt at his infidelity evenso because his wife forgives it , he seeks punishment for himself, at least inside his soul His torment is further compounded as his wife Elizabeth is denounced as a witch by Abigail To make matters worse, there is the cunning Thomas Putnam, abetting the hysteria to settle scores against old opponents and grab their lands As the roller coaster of paranoia rolls on towards its destructive end, Proctor himself is sentenced to hang for witchcraft but Elizabeth ironically escapes as she is pregnant.At the insistence of friends and a few sane people who want to stop the madness, John Proctor confesses at the last moment however, he immediately sees the falsehood and cowardice in it and immediately withdraws it HALE Man, you will hang You cannot PROCTOR his eyes full of tears I can And there s your first marvel, that I can You have made your magic now, for now I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor Not enough to weave a banner with, but white enough to keep it from such dogs Yes indeed the courage to stand up for what one thinks is right is ultimately the refined product that comes out of the crucible The character who impressed me most in the story was Giles Corey, an 81 year old man who refused to confess or refute when faced with charges of witchcraft He was subjected to a horrendous form of torture called pressing thankfully it occurs offstage in the play whereandrocks were piled on his chest in an effort to make him speak Giles endured this for a whole two days before he died his last words, reportedly, wereweight There s guts for you The Devil is precise the marks of his presence are definite as stone Based on historical people and real events, The Crucible is a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria.The Crucible provides such an interesting insight into the mass hysteria and paranoia brewing in Salem, Massachusetts in the seventeenth century Although, perhaps watching a production of this play would beenthralling than reading it I was tad bored at times and it took me far longer than it should to The Devil is precise the marks of his presence are definite as stone Based on historical people and real events, The Crucible is a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria.The Crucible provides such an interesting insight into the mass hysteria and paranoia brewing in Salem, Massachusetts in the seventeenth century Although, perhaps watching a production of this play would beenthralling than reading it I was tad bored at times and it took me far longer than it should to get through 150 pages of it My major irritation was that a number of the characters had similar names Proctor, Parris and Putnam, oh my And given that these characters would often be interacting with each other, I was constantly doing a double check in my head oh yep, that s the reverend and that s the rich guy who had a thing with Abigail obviously I can t gripe about this too much as these are REAL character names based on REAL events, but I am complaining because it s my review and I can enter sass emoji Speaking of Proctor, I ve got some issues I gather that he is being portrayed as the flawed protagonist and that we should view him as some kind of martyr Yet by the end I still didn t feel that sympathetic towards him Some of his actions reactions just didn t sit well with me, so the ending etc just wasn t as impactful.However, Miller perfectly depicts the hysteria, paranoia and fear that brews in Salem in the wake of accusations of witchcraft It s pretty mind blowing that an accusation was as good as evidence, and the only way you could prove yourself innocent and escape death was if you confessed Insanity I still find it hard to accept that these witch trials actually happened.I m glad I finally read this one, but maybe should have read it before I went to Salem, I might have appreciated the history evenThe Crucible is definitely worth picking up if you have any interest in the witch trials Giving this one 3.5 stars