Once upon a time there were two bookworms who wanted to read Classics. But they were afraid, a little intimidated and needed encouragement. So they joined forces and formed the Dust off your Classics challenge to support each other. Dee from Dee Read’s and myself read our way through some good classics, some great classics and found so much in these books that is surprisingly still relevant. So much so that I want to continue reading them and will continue to share my thoughts here on any I get through.
This time around I’m dusting off a classic play as I have seen the movie and wanted to read the original play. Plus after reading A Doll’s House I just wanted to continue reading more plays as they make for quick but entertaining reads. So when the audiobook went on sale, I grabbed it!The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Published by Penguin Classics on 2 Jan 1953
Genres: Classic, Emotions & Feelings, Historical Fiction, play
Length: 1 hour and 59 minutes
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Arthur Miller's classic parable of mass hysteria draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witch-hunt of 1692 – 'one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history' – and the McCarthyism which gripped America in the 1950s.
The story of how the small community of Salem is stirred into madness by superstition, paranoia and malice, culminating in a violent climax, is a savage attack on the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations.
Five Classic Reasons to dust off and read The Crucible :
- Full Cast Audiobook : This was my first time listening to a full cast audiobook and it felt like a very different experience. A little confusing at the start as I wasn’t sure what character was speaking but once I got used to it, I enjoyed it. And listening (rather than watching the film) just made the words seem even more crushing.
- Infamous setting of The Salem Witch Trials : It was so horrific and it equally terrified and captivated me. Mob mentality at its most powerful and very worst.
- Still relevant: The theme of this book remains relevant today. In the world we live in today, where terrorist attacks occur and provoke fear and paranoia, you can see how easily it would be for witch-hunts to occur all over again. Not looking for witches but for groups of people to blame.
- Complex Characters : John Proctor is a mass of contradictions. He holds firm to his beliefs and is shown to be morally strong. However he also had an affair and even after that ended, he still had moments of flirtation with Abigail. I admired his resolve at the end but hated his hypocrisy and his feeling that his reputation was more important than how he treated people.
- Vicious ending: The whole play was always heading full speed ahead towards this inevitable ending and that made the pace seem almost too fast as I wanted to delay the horror.
Did I feel it?
Who should read The Crucible by Arthur Miller?
Well you! If you three or more or my reasons above resonate with you!
Talk to Trish: Have you read the book or seen the film? Do you think the theme is just as relevant today?