Have you ever talked to a friend about former High School English classes? In that conversation, have you ever been jealous about a book that your friend was able to read, but you were not? For me, I am always jealous when friends say they were able to read The Crucible by Arthur Miller. While I was studying Shakespeare and Life of Pi, all the cool kids got to study a cool play about witches!! Well, I figured as I am now able to read whatever book I feel, I would rectify the fact that I have never been able to read it. Interested to see whether or not The Crucible lived up to my expectation? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller dramatizing the witch-hunts and trials in seventeenth century Salem, Massachusetts. Following historical figures during this time, Miller represents the hysteria which gripped the village more than 300 years ago, while also reflecting the anti-communism sentiments that Miller was seeing in 1953, the year the play was written. Were the hunts political? Religious? Revenge driven? Miller explores both the historical events and what could be the driving factor behind them.
I only wish this play was longer! The Salem Witch Trials are a time period that fascinates the hell out of me (pun intended), and it was, in my opinion, appropriate to have the events unfold from the perspectives of some of the big players. Yes, Miller probably took creative license when writing the thoughts and feelings, but overall, from what I have read on the events, he stuck as true to history as possible.
Abigail, as I assume she was supposed to, drove me up the proverbial wall, and that’s saying a lot given that she was only in a handful of scenes. She was an instigator, being one who brought in the girls to perform ‘witchcraft’, and then used the fear of her town for her own twisted advantage. Props to Miller for not making her win, though I guess it was historically accurate so it could only go one way.
John and Elizabeth Proctor went though many trials, both metaphorically and physically, and yet by the end of the play they still loved each other as if what they had gone through never happens.
Though it was brief, the Epilogue to the play did give the right amount of closure to the characters that Miller touched upon, and I felt that even though my ‘time’ in Salem was brief, I came out with a deeper understanding of what went on and what the ramifications were when the Salem Witch Trials were over.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.