Conflicts And Grudges In The Cjucible By Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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The Crucible Essay The Effects of Conflicts and Grudges on the Salem Witch Trials Conflicts happen every day. Who did you yell at in traffic? What nasty thing did you say to your mother? Did you fight with your best friend? Sometimes these conflicts and grudges last for a long time, and sometimes they are resolved rather quickly. The Crucible by Arthur Miller has many examples of these kind of conflicts. The Crucible is a play written about a small town in Massachusetts going through the struggles of the Salem witch trials. One of the many reasons behind the Salem witch trials were the personal grudges that people held against one another. There are many preexisting conflicts and grudges between community members that added to the accusations of witchcraft. People accused their neighbors of witchcraft just because that person had wronged them. (1) Thomas Putnam and Giles Corey had been fighting over land. This causes Giles and his wife to be hanged. Putnam also had a feud with John Proctor over their land. (2) Abigail Williams had a grudge against Elizabeth Proctor. John Proctor, Elizabeth 's husband,…show more content…
In fact, Abigail started most of the excitement over witches. She was the one that accused Elizabeth Proctor of being a witch. She wanted Elizabeth dead so that she could marry John Proctor. Thomas Putnam disputed with Giles Corey over their land. This brought both of them to the court. Giles ' wife was falsely accused so he went to bail her out. John Proctor convinced Mary warren to work with him and the Devil, but he later confessed what he had done. Mary felt empowered by her being in the court and was able to stand up to her master. All of these preexistent conflicts between members of a community added to the hysteria of the Salem witch trials. They show what can happen when bitterness gets the best of people. A whole village can fall apart due to fights in the

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