Bloom's Guides: The Crucible - New Edition

Bloom's Guides: The Crucible - New Edition

by Harold Bloom


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604138153
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Series: Bloom's Guides Series
Pages: 109
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

One of our most popular, respected, and controversial literary critics, Yale University professor Harold Bloom's books -- about, variously, Shakespeare, the Bible, and the classic literature -- are as erudite as they are accessible.


New York, New York and New Haven, Connecticut

Date of Birth:

July 11, 1930

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A., Cornell University, 1951; Ph.D., Yale University, 1955

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

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

Contributors 100

Acknowledgments 103

Index 105

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