Analysis Of John Miller 's ' The Crucible ' Essay

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Vengeance in Salem in the Crucible
Communities with trust, friendly people, and hope allow them to persevere through times of chaos. Healthy communities institute cooperation, trust, equality, structure and a sense of belonging. In many communities chaos derives because of vengeance which sparks mistrust, division, and conflict between people. In the Salem Puritan society during 1692, both men and women take advantage of power and use communal conflict to their own benefit. In his play The Crucible, Arthur Miller exposes how vengeance created by greed, and selfishness causes destruction in a community through the characters Ann Putnam, Thomas Putnam and Abigail Williams.
Living on a large plot of land, with wealth and one child Ann Putnam and Thomas Putnam are looked on as the top of society along with the minister. With wealth and authority comes prejudice against all other people, and lust for more land. “Ann and Thomas Putnam enter, two characters who have strong motivations for crying “witch”: Ann has only one living child and envies happier mothers, while land-rich Thomas stands to gain still more if some of his neighbors are indicted” (Reinhart), emphasizes the reasons the Putnam’s are a cause for the turmoil in the community. Ann Putnam was in great misery because of the death of her babies, and wants to blame someone, or something for their deaths. Mrs. Putnam believed her babies were murdered as she claims in Act I to Parris. ***********Rebecca Nurse helped deliver…

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