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Arthur Miller: The Politics and Purpose of his Writing

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Arthur Miller and The Politics and
Purpose of his Writing. Key Events of his life: Other Works: Why he wrote the Crucible: "Arthur Miller Biography." National Endowment for the Humanities. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2012.

"Arthur Miller on Trial." Independent.co.uk. Independent.co.uk, 01 Mar. 2006. Web. 29 Sept. 2012.

"Arthur Miller." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Gale Student Resources In Context. Web. 30 Sep. 2012.

Bradford, Wade. "Arthur Miller - Biography of an American Playwright." About.com Plays / Drama. N.p., n.d.
Web. 28 Sept. 2012.

Brooks, Behekah. "Famous Plays of Arthur Miller." ehow. Web. 27 Step. 2012.

Curtis, Adam. "The Hollywood Blacklist: 1947-1960." Youtube.com. Google, 30 Oct. 2011. Web. 29 Sept. 2012.

Fitzgerald, Brian. McCarthyism, The Red Scare. Minneapolis: Compass Point, 1972. Print.

Liukkonen, Petri. "Arthur Miller (1915-2005)" Books and Writers. Web. 27 Sept. 2012

Loftus, Joseph. "Arthur Miller and Dr. Nathan Indicted on Contempt Charges." NYTimes. The New York Times Company, 19 Feb. 1957. Web. 27 Sept. 2012.

Miller, Arthur. "Why I Wrote "The Crucible"" The New Yorker. Condé Nast, 21 Oct. 1996. Web. 25 Sept. 2012.

Miller, Arthur. "Why I Wrote The Crucible: An Artist's Answer to Politics." UniversityHonors. Honors College and the University of Maryland, 21 Oct. 1996. Web. 24 Sept. 2012.

Shull, Harold. The Crucible Book Cover. Digital image. TheatreCompany. Wordpress LLC, n.d. Web. 27 Sept. 2012.

Stevan, Diana. "Rebirth of a Masterpeice - Death of a Salesman." Diana Stevan. 16 April 2012. Web. 27 Sept. 2012

The Crucible Play. Digital image. Glogster. GlogsterEDU, n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2012.

"The Crucible by Arthur Miller." The Crucible by Arthur Miller. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2012.

"The Crucible in a Nutshell." Shmoop. Shmoop University, Inc, n.d. Web. 26 Sept. 2012. Works Cited: His Political Outlook: Arrangement by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) Portrayal of Red Scare
Had researched Salem in College
Recognized similarities in persecutions
Anti-liberties/American in HUAC
Spread the message of McCarthyism
No basis on accusations, called hunts Death of a Sales man
desperation, responsibility and the American Dream
"It’s one that still touches the hearts of its audience and leaves it stunned at the end" (Stevan 1)
written to show the daily life of an American during depression
All My Sons
First successful play that he worte
Greek tragedy style
influenced by Ibsen
true story about a man who sold defective parts Was accused of being a communist Arthur Miller was arraigned on March 1 in United States District Court. He was asked how he plead and given a chance to post bond. Bond was $1,000 and the maximum sentence is 1 year in jail for each count. Miller's indictment contained two counts. One on every question he refused to answer. Family lost a lot in Wall Street Crash "The House voted 373 to 9 to cite Miller for contempt. He was convicted, fined $500 and given a 30-day suspended jail sentence. He appealed, and on 7 August 1958, won his case." (independent.co.uk) The Crucible, Death of a Salesman Believed the hunt for communist did more harm than good
Had many friends accused of being communist
Wrote The Crucible in 1953
Accused of being Communist in 1956
Convicted of contempt of congress
Verdict Reversed
Leaned to the "left"/ Socioeconomic Liberal Began writing plays at University of Michigan
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