By Harold Bloom

The Crucible, Arthur Miller's vintage play in regards to the witch-hunts and trials in seventeenth-century Salem, Massachusetts, is returning to Broadway. To mark the get together, Penguin is happy to supply this gorgeous hardcover version. "A robust drama." (Brooks Atkinson, the recent York occasions)

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See also Parris: “[Proctor] is blackening my name” [300]). Goodness for John and Elizabeth, and for their community, is identical with one’s worldly deeds, with one’s good name. “Now I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor,” says John of his final refusal to confess to witchcraft to which he has no reason to confess (328). He cannot see that his goodness pre-dates this decision, that it was implanted by his God despite his sinfulness. Proctor’s silence, Miller is suggesting, like his desire to confess, does not represent spiritual valour.

By extending our imaginations over centuries of difference, by identifying with the ghosts which are the past and the ghosts in which the past itself believed, we attain to the sympathetic imaginations, the spiritual charity, which the Puritans could not achieve. Not e s 1. Eric Bentley states the case fully when he argues that The Crucible “is a play in which Mr.  . What is unusual about Mr.  . an offense which it is impossible to commit: the practice of magic. If to the McCarthyites (of both periods) an accused man is almost automatically guilty, to Mr.

Popkin, Henry. ” College English 26 (1965). Strout, Cushing. ” The Veracious Imagination: Essays on American History, Literature, and Biography. Ed. Cushing Strout. , 1981. Warshaw, Robert. ” The Immediate Experience: Movies, Comics, Theater and Other Aspects of Popular Culture. New York, 1975. E dmund S . M organ Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and the Salem Witch Trials: A Historian’s View T he historian who plays the critic runs the risk of being irrelevant as well as incompetent. ” But when a play evokes a widely known historical event, art leans on history.

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