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The conflicts in The Crucible serve to reveal the hidden resentments, jealousies and old arguments that the Puritan community in Salem has forceably suppressed as required by their religion.
When the witchcraft hysteria begins, and John Proctor comes under suspicion, his character is revealed to have resisted the Puritan tradition of church attendance, and has openly critized Reverend Parris for preaching about subjects that do not pertain to salvation and the worship of God.
What is further revealed is the fact that Proctor has had an adulterous affair with Abigail Williams. He has jeopardized his family life with his wife Elizabeth in favor of lustful pleasure, something that was strictly forbidden by the Puritan code of behavior.
The rest of the townspeople use the opportunity that the conflict presents to connect unexplained events to the presence of witchcraft. Mrs. Putnam uses the conflict to blame Rebecca Nurse for the death of seven of her newborn children.
Abigail Williams uses the trials to her advantage in that she hopes to get rid of Elizabeth Proctor by accusing her of witchcraft. She, along with Mary Warren love the attention they get from the officials who believe their every word as accusation, after accusation is made against innocent people.
The character trait that is most emphasized by the conflict in The Crucible is the misuse of power and authority. It is the ultimate tool of revenge.
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