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The Crucible - write a letter from Arthur Miller describing his new play.

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1337 Windsor Road Roxbury Boston ArcLight Theatre Broadway Avenue New York 3rd March 1958 Dear Sir or Madam, I am writing to inform you about my new play called "The Crucible". It is about the Salem witch trials which were a series of court cases where many people were accused of practising witchcraft. Fourteen woman and five men were executed. These trials were conducted by a group of Christians known as Puritans. They lived by the bible to the word and believed that it provided a plan for living. They fled to America because they became discontent with the Church of England as they believed that it had become a place of politics. Most of the accused witches were recently widowed or unmarried landowners. According to the law, if there was no legal inheritor upon the owner's death, the land would return to the previous owner. This made witch-hunting very profitable. I was inspired to write "The Crucible" because I was disgusted by the McCarthy trials. ...read more.


He admits he has committed sins, which tells us he is truly a good puritan at heart. "I speak my own sins; I cannot judge another." Elizabeth is also good puritan who is known to respect and love her husband. "I never thought you but a good man, John..."" Even though she knew of the affair between John and Abigail, she is still together with John, but it doesn't come without difficulties, such as trust issues. "I'll plead my honesty no more, Elizabeth...No more!" I should have roared you down when first you told me your suspicion." Despite their uneasiness, she leads John on the path of justice. She impels him to stop the witch trials by exposing the truth about Abigail's catastrophic ways. Elizabeth doesn't want him to die, but she doesn't want him to give in to the demands of an unjust society. Because Abigail is very salacious, she creates the feeling of lust. ...read more.


As we need a source of light, I would suggest a window to be placed in their dining room. This would allow light to come in, and it would also juxtapose the scene and show contrast between the happy lightness outside, and the gloomy darkness inside. At the peak of the play, John would refuse to sign the proclamation. John knows that signing the proclamation would save his life, but it wouldn't grant him his old life back. Instead, his name would be "blackened" and he would have to live his life without honour. "Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name?" Many people would be able to relate to the themes of the play, and I think that is what will make the play popular. The themes of social stature, false accusation and lust are still around today and will always be there. I think that putting on "The Crucible" will benefit your theatre. Yours sincerely, Arthur Miller ?? ?? ?? ?? Ikram Uddin 11T CA8 ...read more.

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