Review of The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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Arthur Miller was born in Manhattan in 1915. He lived there until 1928 when he moved to Brooklyn because his family's garment manufacturing business had fail. He experienced the societal decay of the Depression and his father's frustration due to the business failures which had a big impact on Miller. After he graduated from college Miller worked as a freelance writer,in New York. There he wrote his first play " The Man Who Had All the Luck". Then in 1945 he published a novel ,FOCUS, and two years later had his first play titled "All My Sons" on Broadway. The play was a tragedy about a manufacturer who sells faulty parts to the military in order to save is business."All My Sons" had a huge success , then Miller came out with one of his most famous and well-respected work," The Death of a Salesmen" which made him a millionaire.

However " The Crucible" is what I believe to be his best play.

"The Crucible" by Arthur Miller was written in 1953 in it it explored in great detail the madness of the Salem witch trials. Miller wrote about the event as a parable for McCarthyism and the Red Scare; which occurred in the United States in the 1950's. Miller himself was called before the House Committee on Un-American activities and convicted of contempt of congress for not cooperating. Arthur Miller's adaption earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay based on previously produced material, his first and only nomination. The play was also adapted by a composer into an opera and received a Pulitzer Prize.

It was a play with emotional feelings; feelings of anger , hate, and evil, yet feelings of manipulation, good, and pureness. It was the Crucible. The play contained many scenarios of good...