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According to John Proctor, what is "walking Salem" and writing the law in the community

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Posted November 30, 2012 at 1:13 AM via iOS

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According to John Proctor, what is "walking Salem" and writing the law in the community

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gpane | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted December 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM (Answer #1)

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Proctor remarks that 'vengeance is walking Salem'. By this he means that there is nothing supernatural going on, and that there are no witches; instead, people in the community are simply exploiting the current atmosphere of fear and taking the opportunity to accuse anyone whom they have a grudge against. This gives the accusers the chance to pursue private conflicts and get their back on people they don't like. For instance, Abigail takes the chance to implicate Elizabeth Proctor, her rival for Proctor's affections, and it is strongly implied that Thomas Putnam gets his daughter to accuse those whose land he would like to take.

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