Arthur Miller Essay

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Honors English 11 01 June 2012 Arthur Miller Arthur Miller, one of the greatest 20th century dramatists, wrote numerous playwrights, films, and novels during his life. Born on October 17, 1915 in Manhattan, New York, Miller was the second son of Isadore and Augusta Barnet Miller. He had an older brother and a younger sister both of which had successful lives in the business and entertainment industry. After graduating from high school, he worked at an auto-parts warehouse. However, it wasn’t until two years after his high school graduation that Miller enrolled in the University of Michigan. Although Miller came from a high income family he still had to work his way through college “with jobs washing dishes three times a day and feeding three floors of mice in a genetics laboratory” (Layman). Before his graduation in 1938, Miller managed to win two Avery Hopwood Awards for his books Honors at Dawn in 1936 and No Villain in 1937. Unfortunately, not all his books were big hits. His book The Golden years was written in response to Adolf Hitler and thus was denied by congress. Nonetheless, that didn’t stop Miller from writing. His book Situation Normal was his first published book “in which he tried to see a higher purpose operating among soldiers about the aims of World War II” (Layman). Miller wrote many works involving current worldwide situations. For example, “Incident at Vichy (1965), a long one-act play based on a true story out of Nazi-occupied France, examined the nature of racial guilt and the depths of human hatreds” (Encyclopedia). After being accused of being a communist, Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible (1953), one of his greatest masterpieces. The Crucible indirectly focused on McCarthyism, the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. Aside from his literary works, Miller led a happy

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