Edited and introduced by Yale University professor and distinguished literary critic Harold Bloom, Bloom's Guides are comprehensive study guides for both students and adults. Emphasizing summary and analysis, these volumes are designed to provide the necessary materials with which readers can gain a better understanding of the most widely read works in Western literature.
Introductions by renowned critic Harold Bloom consider each work and its significance.
Brief biographical sketches offer insight into each author's life. "The Story Behind the Story" details the circumstances surrounding the inception and development of the work. Summaries with analysis review and explain key points of each work.
Selections from critical essays written by leading scholars provide accessible explorations of the work.
Annotated bibliographies direct readers to additional materials on the subject and explain the importance of each.
Essential for any student of literature looking to enhance his or her reading experience, Bloom's Guides are highly useful for test preparation, independent scholarship, or book group discussions.
About the Author
Hometown:New York, New York and New Haven, Connecticut
Date of Birth:July 11, 1930
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Education:B.A., Cornell University, 1951; Ph.D., Yale University, 1955
Table of Contents
Biographical Sketch 9
The Story Behind the Story 13
List of Characters 16
Summary and Analysis 19
Critical Views 50
"A Modest Enquiry into the Nature of Witchcraft" (1702) John Hale Makes 50
Considers Miller's Use of Salem History in The Crucible Robert A. Martin 52
Santosh K. Bhatia on Miller's Use of Irony in The Crucible 59
Discusses First Steps in Writing The Crucible Arthur Miller 64
Looks at Competition, Sexuality, and Power in the Lives of Puritan Women Karen Bovard 68
Discusses the Play's Historical Parallels Enoch Brater 71
Examines the Possibility for Human Redemption in the Puritan Community Steven R. Centola 75
D. Quentin Miller on Good Versus Evil, Black Versus White, and Religion Versus Witchcraft 77
Offers Some Thoughts on Abigail Jeffrey D. Mason 84
Christopher Bigsby on the Theme of Betrayal in The Crucible 90
Works Arthur Miller 94
Annotated Bibliography 97