The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Set during the Salem Witch Trials in the late 17th century, this play explores the hysteria, deceit, and religious extremism that plague a small Puritan village in Massachusetts. The protagonist, a flawed but essentially good man, is caught in a web of accusations when young girls in the town start displaying strange behavior and accusing others of witchcraft. The ensuing trials reveal not only the dangers of mass hysteria and false accusations, but also the destructive power of societal pressures and the human capacity for both cruelty and heroism.

The 1220th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 315

Since this book was first published in 1953, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 315.0.

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