The Crucible A Melodrama Or A Tragedy

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Critics differ whether The Crucible is a melodrama or a tragedy, but they all agree it always encourages thought. Brooks Atkinson in his book At the theatre argues that Miller "is not pleading a cause in dramatic form" yet he suggests that Miller was " concerned more with the technique of the witch hunt than with its humanity.... There is too much excitement and not enough emotion" (15). He also wrote that Miller cared for the theme more than the characters (16). Critics praise Miller's depiction of the Proctor's tragedy. They saw John and Elizabeth as lovers involved in a tragedy with epic consequences (Hurwitt D 18). Leonard Moss implies that The Crucible is better understood when it is not about the witch hunt but when it is about McCarthyism
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