Synopsis[ edit ] The action is narrated by Alfieri who, being raised in s Italy but now working as an American lawyer, represents the "Bridge" between the two cultures. Act 1 — In the opening speech Alfieri describes the violent history of the small Brooklyn community of Red Hook and tells us that the second-generation Sicilians are now more civilized, more American, and are prepared to "settle for half" half measures and let the law handle their disputes. But there are exceptions, and he then begins to narrate the story of Eddie Carbone, an Italian American longshoreman who lives with his wife Beatrice and her orphaned niece Catherine.
The play upon which this movie was based tells the story of one dark chapter in our national history The Salem Witch Trialsusing it as a commentary on another McCarthyism ; and yet the story remains perennially relevant.
Kazan testified before the committee in The Crucible was published in The film opens with a scene not in the play, however, and one which complicates the motives of a number of characters. A group of young Puritan girls scurry into the woods in the early morning hours to play at spell casting with the help of Tituba, a Barbadian slave.
Most of the girls want only to cast love spells, throwing offerings of plants into a steaming cauldron as they say the names of the boys whose hearts they want to win.
But one young woman, Abigail Williams Winona Ryder has a darker desire and a darker way to bring it to pass. She brutally kills a chicken and smears her mouth with its blood after wishing for the death of Elizabeth Proctor, the wife of her former lover.
This seems a pretty earnest attempt at practicing witchcraft, and belies the notion that the girls were entirely pretending and that witchcraft is no threat to the community.
Skeptical moderns may scoff at the notion of witchcraft, but the Puritans lived in a world saturated with a sense of the supernatural.
What the girls do in the woods discovered by the local clergy, Rev. Parris Bruce Davison lends credibility to all of the terror and consequences that follow.
After returning to the village two of the younger girls fall into catatonic states. The adults in the community were only too ready to accept this explanation and to call in the authorities. Hale Rob Campbell comes to town toting stacks of book on the works of the devil.
Soon it seems that the whole village is caught up in witch-fever. Only the testimony of the accused is believed, leading to a terrible catch For the accused, the only way to save themselves is to confess. Those who insist on their innocence are found guilty anyway, and hanged.
Abigail Williams was a domestic servant for the Proctors until she and John had an affair. Social pressures, oppressive beliefs systems, burgeoning adolescent sexuality — these were all present in The Witch, too.
But the spiritual oppression in The Witch was much more concrete, the historical world even more immersive. The Crucible felt surprisingly modern by comparison. Did 17th century teenage girls really have that much freedom? Finding our way into the world of Salem may be impossible at this point, and the comparisons to McCarthyism are limited.
Religious fervor is a hell of a drug, and more than capable of creating its own kind of crowd psychology; evident in in rites as varied as Ghost Dances, Vodou ceremonies and Pentecostal revivals.
Scapegoats serve many useful purposes, both personal and corporate. When a North Carolina man entered a Washington, D.
When, intwo 12 year old girls stabbed a classmate to appease a fictional character Slender Man were they any less dangerous than the girls of Salem spell-casting in the woods? They think their respectability will protect them and their friends.
One 20 year old connection to the wrong political party. One suspicious sounding middle name.It's fire and brimstone time at the Virginia Theater, where "The Crucible" is thundering across the stage nightly.
It could be argued that another layer of moralism is precisely what Arthur Miller. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, both pride and excessive pride influence the characters throughout the play. Excessive pride is being overly confident of one's own self worth.
Throughout, pride influences the actions, reactions, and emotions of the characters in such ways to establish the outcome of the story. the crucible by Cathleen Myers One of the perverse joys of watching the Robert Miller’s new film version of his father Arthur’s now classic stage play The Crucible is listening to the youthful cinema audience’s increasingly horrified reactions to the perversion of justice at the Salem witch trials.
The Crucible has , ratings and 6, reviews. Deborah said: I hate to rate this so low when it seems that the only people who do so are those force.
Arthur Miller was born in New York City in and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include All My Sons (), Death of a Salesman (), The Crucible (), A View from the Bridge and A Memory of Two Mondays Editorial Reviews one of the most engrossing and entertaining plays that Miller has ever written.
It is /5(2). Nov 29, · In The Crucible, which was first performed in , Arthur Miller applies the torch of melodrama to the history of the Salem witch trials, a case of ”justice” gone hysterical, and the hysteria.