The Crucible | Critical Essay by John H. Ferres

This literature criticism consists of approximately 10 pages of analysis & critique of The Crucible.
This section contains 2,890 words
(approx. 10 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by John H. Ferres

Critical Essay by John H. Ferres

For a play that was often dismissed as a political tract for the times, Arthur Miller's The Crucible has survived uncommonly well. In addition to wide use in English and drama courses, it has become a staple of courses in American Civilization both in high school and college. In the theater its popularity continues undiminished, both in this country and abroad…. Next to Death of a Salesman, The Crucible remains Miller's most popular play. (p. 8)

The contemporary appeal of The Crucible can hardly be attributed to any analogy it draws between the Salem witch hunts of 1692 and Joe McCarthy's Communist hunts, however, since the majority of those who see or read the play today are probably too young to remember the Wisconsin Senator. Foreign audiences must be even less conscious of the analogy. Why then has The...

(read more)

This section contains 2,890 words
(approx. 10 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by John H. Ferres