To students who have to study this play, get an audio version and follow along in your book. It makes it a much easier read. Having taught this play for a few years now, it's astounding the depth of meaning that Miller has invested in the play. Not only does it reflect on the hysteria of 1692 Salem but it is also a poignant reminder of how history tends to repeat itself and human nature, with its insatiable need to fit in and be noticed alongside its incredible strength, has barely changed in over three hundred years. I find Rebecca Nurse an intriguing character - she is the personification of goodness and it is her persecution that is felt most sharply.