17th Century New England, with special emphasis on the Salem Witchcraft Trials


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Literature Inspired by this Period

Information about various later authors and their literary works which were inspired by events and people in colonial New England -- among them, Arthur Miller (The Crucible) and Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Scarlett Letter and "Young Goodman Brown").

Why I Wrote The Crucible: An artist's answer to politics by Arthur Miller [Link #86]
This article appears in the October 21 & 28 , 1996 issues of The New Yorker, pages 158-164. The author of the play and screenplay reflects on the 1950's political origins of his play, as the motion picture is about to be released.

The Crucible -- Dramatica Storytelling Output Report by Katy E. Monahan Huntley [Link #235]
So you're looking for something like Cliff Notes on-line for Arthur Miller's The Crucible? This is it. It will provide you with lots of info about who the characters are, what their motivations are, summaries of the plot, etc. You'll never have to read the play itself! (But that's not what getting a good education is about, now, is it? Read the play and this together.)

Arthur Miller's The Crucible: Fact & Fiction (or Picky, Picky, Picky...) by Margo Burns [Link #85]
My interest in the historical facts of the events in Salem in 1692 made it hard for me to acheive a "willing suspension of disbelief" while watching the recent movie version of The Crucible. To vent my frustration, I wrote this page to outline the major differences between the screenplay and actual historical fact. NOTE: There are also differences between Miller's play and his screenplay, so if you're familiar with the play, you may find some of the changes he made for the big screen kind of perplexing, too!

Please also check my FAQ before writing to ask me anything about this piece:
  • My FAQ - brace yourself: my answers may not be the ones you want to hear!

Hysteria and Ideology in The Crucible (1953) by Richard Hayes [Link #87]
from: Richard Hayes, "Hysteria and Ideology in The Crucible," Commonweal 57 (February 1953), p. 498.

Honesty, Dignity, and Integrity: The Crucible continues to unmask the powers by Randy Nelson [Link #88]
Review of the movie, from Sojourners, July-August 1997, Vol. 26, No. 4.

The Kennedy Center Honors: Arthur Miller [Link #95]
Biographical information about Arthur Miller, with a photograph.

Arthur Miller Page [Link #97]
Biographical information and links about the author of The Crucible

Bonfire of the Liberties: Censorship of the Humanities -- The Crucible [Link #99]
This page is a page inside the Bonfire of Liberties section of Humanities Interactive, presented by The Texas Humanities Resource Center, about what objections censors have had to The Crucible. Not much information, but it presents an interesting point of departure.

Censored Books in the USA [Link #100]
Scroll down to The Crucible entry for info on a specific attempt to ban it.

The Crucible [Link #101]
Cast and credit info on the 1996 film version.

The Crucible at Amazon.com [Link #103]
You can order copies of The Crucible over the Internet through this site. Prices do not include shipping. Price and availability from Amazon.com are subject to change:

Giles Corey of the Salem Farms by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow [Link #327]
Play about witch-hunt victim Giles Corey

The Crucible: Curriculum Unit [Link #148]
Included of an on-line catalog selling curriculum materials, from the site: "A comprehensive study guide to The Crucible with valuable notes for teachers, ten innovative lessons for students, and discussion questions and quizzes. The unit provides a Miller biography and chronology and an act-by-act summary of the play. Each lesson presents objectives, notes, detailed procedures, and thought-provoking reproducible activities. Lessons cover characterizations; the ballad form; plot, theme, chronology; vocabulary development; conflict; proverbs; cause and effect; irony; symbolism; and "McCarthy and Prejudice." Grades 712. "

The Crucible: Activity 3: Poster Report by Don Mayfield [Link #153]
From the site: "In this activity, you will learn about the actions of Senator Joe McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee, especially how those actions relate to the broad themes of The Crucible"

Teach with Movies: The Crucible [Link #160]
An interesting approach to using the movie in the classroom. This page includes discussion questions and other ideas.

My FAQ by Margo Burns [Link #209]
This FAQ gives my answers to the questions that I, as the author of "Arthur Miller's The Crucible: Fact & Fiction", get asked on a regular basis. In it, I try to make it clear that my speciality is 17th century history and the Salem witchcraft trials, not Miller's 20th century play, but it is obvious that most people who write to me haven't read enough of my site to grasp that. If the tone of this FAQ seems especially negative, then you are probably hoping that I have answers to questions about the play, not history, or that I'll do your homework assignment for you. (I won't.) Includes some of the hysterical flames I've received from visitors over the years who don't like my "attitude". With the right attitude on the reader's part, however, you should get a good laugh -- I know I do! -- and some solid advice on how to do homework.

Arthur Miller (1915- ) [Link #228]
Brief biography of the writer, with some good links.

A Salem Story on Hog Island [Link #238]
This page shows several nice photographs of the buildings constructed on Hog Island, off the coast of Massachusetts, of the Salem Village set for the film of The Crucible

MovieWeb: The Crucible [Link #239]
Basic entry for the 1996 film of The Crucible, including a list of the cast, and many stills.

Movie Review Query Engine: The Crucible (1996) [Link #240]
This is a listing of reviews of the 1996 film, The Crucible

Summary Central: The Crucible [Link #242]
Basic summary, plot, characters, setting, style, and theme of Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible.

The Crucible and the Classroom: An Examination of Arthur Miller's Technique of Dealing with the Devil by George M. Ella [Link #255]
This essay carries the alternative title: "The Devil and Arthur Miller." The author looks at Miller's play from a theological perspective, and along the way does look at the historical inaccuracies of the play and what Miller's artistic license is up to. An interesting point made here: that Rev. Hale in the play represents the real-life Rev. Cotton Mather in the historical events (just as Miller's Danforth examining Martha Corey was John Hathorne in real life.)

Rotten Tomatoes: Reviews of the movie The Crucible (1996) [Link #323]
A great site which links to lots of published reviews of this movie.

Nathaniel Hawthorn -- Biography and Works [Link #307]
Public domain texts of Hawthorn's novels and short stories, including The Scarlett Letter and "Young Goodman Brown"

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This page was last updated Feb. 15, 2009 by Margo Burns, margoburns@gmail.com