Text Box: Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
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“Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?"  Question often asked by members of the House Un-American Activities Advisory Committee (HUAC)

“It would probably never have occurred to me to write a play about the Salem witch trials of 1692 had I not seen some astonishing correspondences with that calamity in the America of the late 40s and early 50s.” Arthur Miller, Author of The Crucible 
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Playwright Arthur Miller

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Senator Joseph McCarthy



Background Information

Criticism from Gale’s Literature Resource Center

Historical fact and Fiction in The Crucible

Society vs. The Individual

Arthur Miller's The Crucible: Background and Sources

A Discussion of The Crucible

The Salem Witch Trials

Stone, Fire, and Light: Approaches to The Crucible

More Salem Witch Trials Info

Dramatic Structure and The Crucible

McCarthyism and The Red Scare

Drama Criticism: The Crucible

Primary Source: McCarthy’s telegram to President Truman

Babylonian Confusion and Biblical Inversion in Miller's The Crucible

Primary Source: President Truman’s Unsent Reply to McCarthy

Betrayal and Blessedness: Explorations of Feminine Power in The Crucible

Arthur Miller Found Guilty of Contempt of Congress

John Proctor’s Playing in The Crucible

Arthur Miller Cleared of Contempt Charges

Rehearsing the Witch Trials: Gender Injustice in The Crucible

Why I Wrote The Crucible by Arthur Miller

History and Other Spectres in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

Biography of Arthur Miller

Hegemony, Hatred, and the Scapegoat Mechanism in Two Miller Dramas: Playing for Time and The Crucible


Arthur Miller: Illuminating Process  Scroll down in this one to read the part about The Crucible.