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I believe that the reader will discover here the essential nature of one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history Arthur Miller wrote of his classic play about the witch hunts and trials in seventeenth century Salem Massachusetts Based on historical people and real events Miller's drama is a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria In the rigid theocracy of Salem rumors that women are practicing 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 1953 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 malevolenceWIth an introduction by Christopher Bigsbyback cover

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