Summary Of The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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“So it is not surprising to find that so many accusations against people are in the handwriting of Thomas Putnam [...]” (14). The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, takes place during the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. These trials were used to weed the witches out of Salem, either by confessing or being hanged. The story develops into mass chaos as the townspeople all start crying witchcraft, leading to the death of many people. The Putnam family consists of just a few of the many characters that accuse their neighbors of witchcraft for their own personal gain. Some may say that they are just doing God’s work, but they have nothing else to gain besides land, revenge, etc. The greed and selfishness of the Putnams are best expressed when Mr. Putnam’s daughter accuses George Jacobs of witchcraft, when his wife blames Rebecca Nurse for the death of her children, and when Mr. Putnam and his brother-in-law imprisoned a man due to debts he did not owe. The entire Putnam family works to tarnish other people’s names to benefit themselves. The Putnam family uses other people to get their way by sending Ruth Putnam, Mr. Putnam’s daughter, to accuse George Jacobs of witchcraft. Mr. Putnam prompted Ruth to tell the court that she saw George Jacobs with the devil. The hanging of George Jacobs would lead to the release of the man’s land for anyone to purchase. Since the Putnam’s are one of the few families that have the money to purchase the land, they are the only ones that benefit from

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