What caused the Salem witch trials?

What caused the Salem witch trials?

The infamous Salem witch trials began during the spring of 1692, after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraft. By September 1692, the hysteria had begun to abate and public opinion turned against the trials.

What the crucible got wrong?

Miller likened the Salem witch trials to McCarthy’s accusations that Communists infiltrated the government. McCarthy falsely claimed more than 200 government employees belonged to the Communist Party.

What does Betty accuse Abigail of?

Betty confronts Abigail and accuses her of not admitting she drank blood. She also accuses her of casting a spell in order to kill Goody Proctor.

Why does John not like Parris?

John Proctor seems to feel that Reverend Parris’s priorities are misplaced, and Parris resents Proctor’s willingness to question and disobey him. The first time they disagree in the play is over Parris’s salary. Further, Proctor seems to feel that Parris, as a minister, does not do a good job.

What character does Abigail blame for Betty’s condition?


Why do Abigail and Betty start accusing others?

She begins to blame other citizens in order to avoid suspicion of being a witch and realizes that her accusations are taken seriously. Abigail continues to manipulate the Puritan court by accusing other citizens in hopes of destroying Elizabeth so that she can have a relationship with John Proctor.

What is the source of conflict between Proctor and Putnam?

Putnam and Proctor argue over the proper ownership of a piece of timberland where Proctor harvests his lumber. Putnam claims that his grandfather left the tract of land to him in his will.

Why does Mr Putnam contact Tituba?

Mrs. Putnam genuinely believes that her children have been murdered, and she wants to find out who the murderer is. She believes that only her dead children can identify the culprit, so Mrs. Putnam contacts Tituba and asks her to contact her dead children using the Barbados mystical faith.

Who is Ann Putnam jealous of?

Ann Putnam Wife of Thomas Putnam. She believes that a witch is responsible for the deaths of her seven infant children. Her jealousy of Rebecca Nurse leads her to accuse Goody Nurse of being a witch.

What causes the conflict between John Proctor and Reverend Parris?

The conflict between John Proctor and Reverend Parris in The Crucible is that Proctor believes Parris is greedy, disregards God, and abuses his authority. Likewise, Parris believes that a group in Salem is attempting to usurp his power and that Proctor is part of that group.

How does Mrs Putnam interpret her babies deaths and her daughter’s illness?

Putnam interpret her babies’ deaths and her daughter’s illness? Mrs. Putnam interprets both incidents as something strange, unnatural, and a punishment, even though she has done nothing wrong. Abigail drank blood to kill John Proctor’s wife, Elizabeth Proctor.