The Crucible

Author Authur miller
Genre Witcheery and Romantic
Published date January 22, 1953

Plot Summary

Arthur millerThe summary of the crucible. In the Puritan city of Salem massachusetts in 1692. The city's minister, Reverend Parris, discovers his daughter Betty with her niece Abigail and other girls dancing in the forest with her slave Tituba. Betty faints scared to be discovered and will not wake up after a crowd gathers at Parris's house, while rumors of witchcraft and all the nonsense fill the city and the people in it. Having sent Reverend Hale, an expert in witchcraft and the invisible world, Parris asks Abigail Williams, the girl's ringleader, about the events that took place in the forest. Abigail, who is the niece and pupil of Parris, admits that she does nothing but "dance". While Parris tries to calm down the crowd that has gathered at her house, Abigail talks to some of the other girls and tells them not to admit anything. John Proctor, a local farmer, enters and speaks only with Abigail. Without the knowledge of anyone else in the city, while working at Proctor's house the previous year, she had an affair with him, which led her to be fired by his wife, Elizabeth. Abigail still wants Proctor, but he defends her and tells her to end his madness with the girls. A week later, alone in their country house outside the city, John and Elizabeth Proctor discuss ongoing trials and the growing number of people in the city who have been accused of being witches. Elizabeth urges her husband John proctor to go tell the court that Abigail as a fraud; he refuses, and she becomes jealous, accusing him of still harboring feelings for her. Mary Warren, her maid and one of the members of Abigail's circle, returns from Salem with the news that Elizabeth has been accused of witchcraft, but the court did not pursue the accusation. Mary is sent to bed, and John and Elizabeth continue their discussion, only to be interrupted by a visit from Reverend Hale. While discussing issues, Giles Corey and Francis Nurse arrive at Proctor's house with the news that their wives have been arrested. The court officers arrive suddenly and arrest Elizabeth. After they have taken it, Proctor beats Mary, insisting that she must go to Salem and expose Abigail and the other girls as frauds.

Author's Biography

Born in Harlem, New York, in 1915, Arthur Miller attended the University of Michigan before returning east to write dramas on the stage. He has won numerous awards for the death of a seller, who opened on Broadway in 1949 and won the Pulitzer Prize along with several Tonys. He received more praise for his award-winning sequel, The Crucible, which reflects his unwavering refusal to collaborate with the Committee for the anti-American activities of the Chamber. Miller's public life was partly depicted by his rocky marriage with the Hollywood sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. The dramatist died in 2005 at the age of 89, leaving a body of work that continues to be rethought internationally and adapted for the screen. Miller's career has had a difficult start. His Broadway debut in 1944, The Man Who Had All Luck, had a fate that was the antithesis of his title, which closed after only four presentations with many unfortunate remarks. Focus, Arthur Miller's novel about anti-semitism was published a year later. His next work, All My Sons, was a hit in 1947, he went on Broadway for almost a year and gave Miller his first Tony Award for Best Author. Working in a small studio he built in Roxbury, Connecticut, Miller wrote the first act of Death of Salesman in less than a day. The comedy, directed by Elia Kazan, was inaugurated on February 10, 1949 at the Teatro Morosco and was adored by almost everyone, becoming an iconic theatrical representation.