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The Crucible : A Play in Four Acts

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Arthur Miller's classic parable of mass hysteria draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witch-hunt of 1692 - 'one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history' - and the American anti-communist purges led by Senator McCarthy in the 1950s.

The story of how the small community of Salem is stirred into madness by superstition, paranoia and malice, culminating in a violent climax, is a savage attack on the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations. A depiction of innocent men and women destroyed by malicious rumour, The Crucible is also a powerful indictment of McCarthyism and the 'frontier mentality' of Cold War America.

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Penguin Classics
0141182555 / 9780141182551
Paperback / softback
United Kingdom
126 p.
20 cm
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Quiz No: 200135, Points 5.00, Book Level 4.90,
Upper Years - Key Stage 3 Learn More
Reprint. Originally published: New York: Viking, 1953; London: Cresset, 1956.