Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

5 stars... still :D
R- 2? nothing graphic

From the introduction-- "In 1692 nineteen men and women and two dogs were convicted and hanged for witchcraft..."

Huh? Two dogs? Seriously??

How did those trials go? "Confess, Fluffy!"

Sorry, feeling a little punchy.

Seriously, though, how does one convict a dog of witchcraft? Do you think they really hung the dogs? That's just weird. (I mean, if it were black cats that would make a little more sense...)

Confession: I absolutely beyond a shadow of a doubt believe that, had I been born in Salem at the appropriate time, I'd have totally been burned/hanged/whatever as a witch.

Anyway, the play. I love this play. I loved it when I read it in high school and I love it now.

I also seriously ticks me off. People are idiots. I mean, really, who thought this process through? No one, I tell you. Confess or die. Whether you're guilty or not. *shudder*

I also love the movie. You know, the one with what's-her-name playing Abigail. You know who I mean. She's in Little Women too. Winona Ryder. That's her name. (Yes, I actually had to IMDB that. So sad.) In fact, I think I need to check that movie out from the library and watch it again.

So, anyway, if you haven't read it, go do it. It's not long. It's fabulous though.


  1. I never had to read it, but I probably should. Very funny review.

  2. :D
    Who'd have thought you'd get a funny review out of The Crucible, right?

    You should definitely read it. It's one I think everyone needs to read!

  3. My high school did this play - I was the main guys wife ... it was not pretty. Good to read, not so good when done on stage. On of my *friends* said, "It made me laugh, but I'm pretty sure I wasn't supposed to laugh."

  4. Mmmm. Yeah, that'd be a hard one for high schoolers to pull off.

  5. She's a witch! Burn her!

    Hee. I couldn't resist.

    I was in this play in college, as Abigail, and it's always had a real fascination with this because an ancestor of mine was Miles Corey, who is pressed to death for being a wizard (warlock? Male witch?)

    But it's so hard to set out and read a play, I find, even after being a drama kid. You don't get the same flow as if you've seen it, or seen the movie.

    Anyway, I too am impressed you managed to make such a funny review out of this subject matter!

  6. "More weight!"

    Abigail would be difficult to pull off, I've always thought. She's quite the nutjob.

    You're right about plays, though, they're not really meant to be read, but what can you do?

  7. I would be interested to see how they were convinced the dogs were witches. Maybe the dogs had rabies or fleas. Ha ha. "The dog gave me fleas...it must be a witch!"