The Crucible

The Crucible Summary

A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community
The place is Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, an enclave of rigid piety huddled on the edge of a wilderness. Its inhabitants believe unquestioningly in their own sanctity. But in Arthur Miller's edgy masterpiece, that very belief will have poisonous consequences when a vengeful teenager accuses a rival of witchcraft—and then when those accusations multiply to consume the entire village.

First produced in 1953, at a time when America was convulsed by a new epidemic of witch-hunting, The Crucible brilliantly explores the threshold between individual guilt and mass hysteria, personal spite and collective evil. It is a play that is not only relentlessly suspenseful and vastly moving but that compels readers to fathom their hearts and consciences in ways that only the greatest theater ever can.

"A drama of emotional power and impact" —New York Post

Book Reviews


Decent book4 star

I had to read this book for 11th grade. It's a pretty decent read. I wouldn't read it again though. The only reason I am is because I didn't grasp everything the first time around.45

I am not original

Oh you high schoolers5 star

Giving it one star because you’re forced to read it lol, so was I. Maybe you’ll appreciate it one day.55


Tehee1 star

1 star lol15

GBE class of 2017

Essay2 star

I turned in my essay 4 moths late if that says anything25


Bad1 star


Country girl 9500

Ok2 star

I read it for my English class. It's a decent book, but its just not my cup of tea.25


Love!!!5 star

Arthur Miller is one of my favorite playwrights of all time. The Crucible gives us a look of the Salem Witch Trials as well as what Arthur Miller thought of the MacArthur Trials of his time. The similarities are very shocking. This is just an amazing story written by an amazing playwright.55


Good book4 star

I like it. We had to read it for class and I love how the ppl stood up for the truth45


A good book ruined by grammer mistakes3 star

This is an excellent book, I just can't help but notice the shocking amount of grammatical errors throughout this book. Whether it be stage directions that are only half italisized, bolded words that shouldn't be bolded, or the occasional double period (".." or ".," instead of just "."), there is something wrong on almost every page in the book. There are way too many mistakes to be called simple mistakes anymore. This is just the book publisher being downright careless. I am truly the ultimate Grammar Nazi. (The book itself was really good, by the way.)35

Newsjunkie Don

A great story, well played5 star

Arthur Miller's insights into our society and history are one of my treasures; this film captures the play superbly (and frighteningly)55

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