Like the racist public of the South, the whole town of Salem was in uproar over the witch hunt, but it was the individuals charged that had the most to worry about. The entire fiasco started after Reverend Parris found his daughter Betty and several other girls dancing in the forest with the slave, Tituba. The girls lied about practicing witchcraft because what they were doing in the first place was religiously wrong: dancing. When the girls were discussing their misdoing, Mary Warren urged the girls to confess what was really going on because they would “only be whipped for dancing” (Miller 19). Victims of communism fervor were tied up in the situation similarly to the girls because of past political ties and organizations they were a part of.
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