Friday, July 17, 2009

Feature Fridays

Today's classic is The Crucible (1953) by Arthur Miller.

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 McCarthyism which gripped America 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.

If you've read The Crucible, take a quiz to test your memory.

Have you read The Crucible? If not, have you seen Arthur Miller's own film adaption (1996) starring Winona Ryder?
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