ARTHUR MILLER
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HE DESCRIBES THE PASSIONATE EXPRESSION OF AN IDEALISM THAT IS
CHARACTERISTICALLY AMERICAN.

IN EARLIER AGES, TRAGIC PLAYS HAD DEALT MAINLY WITH THE OVERTHROW OF
SUCH POWERFUL FIGURES AS KINGS OF GENERALS. MILLER, HOWEVER, HAS
ARGUED THAT AN ORDINARY MODERN INDIVIDUAL CAN SERVE EQUALLY WELL
AS TRAGIC HERO, IF HE WANTS SOMETHING INTENSELY ENOUGH TO GIVE UP
EVERYTHING ELSE IN ITS PURSUIT.

MILLERS TRAGIC FIGURES ARE OFTEN SOMEWHAT CONFUSED.

IN THE CRUCIBLE, JOHN PROCTOR, THE BLUNT, SENSIBLE FARMER, IS NOT SO
OBVIOUSLY GUILTY OF ANY SUCH OBSESSION. YET HE, TOO, IS A COMMON
MAN, RATHER THAN A TRADITIONAL INFLUENTIAL LEADER. HE IS BY NO MEANS
OVERLY ANXIOUS TO ENGAGE IN ANY HEROIC ACTION. IN FACT, HE TENDS TO BE
CAUTIOUS.

IN 1953 MILLER OFFERED A NEW ORIGINAL WORK, THE CRUCIBLE, BASED UPON
THE TRIALS FOR WITCHCRAFT THAT OCCURRED IN MASSACHUSETTS IN THE
1690'S.

THE CRUCIBLE TELLS OF THE HAVOC WROUGHT IN EARLY SALEM WHEN SOME
RESTLESS YOUNG GIRLS CLAIM THAT WITCHES ARE ABROAD IN THE VILLAGE.
THEIR LEADER, THE BEAUTIFUL AND VINDICTIVE ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, HOPES FOR
REVENGE AGAINST ELIZABETH PROCTOR, FOR WHOSE SERVICE SHE WAS
DISMISSED AFTER HAVING HAD AN AFFAIR WITH ELIZABETH'S HUSBAND, JOHN.
AS MORE ACCUSATIONS ARE MADE, AND MANY, INCLUDING ELIZABETH,
ARRESTED, JOHN DECIDES WHETHER TO LIVE AND MAKE A LIVING FOR HIS
CHILDREN EVEN IF IT MEANS SWEARING TO A VICIOUS LIE, OR GOING TO HIS
DEATH RATHER THAN DENY THE TRUTHS.
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