Describe feelings of 1. Putnams toward Proctor and Rebecca Nurse; 2. Proctor towards the Putnams and Parris; 3. Parris towards the congregation.
What effects might these feelings have on the future action of the play?
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The Putnams are a jealous, greedy, vindictive couple. They both have complaints about many of the people in the village. Mr. Putnam will later use his greed to get his daughter to "cry out" against his neighbors so he can get their land. Mrs. Putnam is jealous that Rebecaa Nurse has so many children and grandchildren when only one of her children survived.
Proctor feels Parris is interested only in money and the outward appearance of the church. He tells him he scares people because he preaches hellfire and brimstone every Sunday. Proctor says this is why he doesn't go to church. Proctor sees Mr. Putnam for the greedy man he is, but he can't prove it.
Parris is paranoid about how the congregation feels about him. He knows some of the people don't like him and would use any excuse to get rid of him. Later, Parris gets back at those people, such as Proctor and Giles Corey.
The witch trials becomes trials of revenge so people can get back at their neighbors who have given them a hard time before.
The Putnams are also always trying to hoodwink their neighbors out of their land. They report Proctor for plowing on Sunday and Mr. Putnam puts his daughter up to accusing their elderly neighbor of witchcraft so they can take his many acres away from him.
Parris also feels that the parrish does not provide for him well enough. He does not think his salary is high enough and that they should provide him with firewood when they feel his salary is more than sufficient and that six pounds of it is provided for him to buy or pay someone for his firewood.
Proctor and the Nurses are the only ones who see everyone else for all their foolishness and who are honorable and noble people. It stands to reason that these people will be used to make an example for the remainder of the Puritan society since they are well-respected in town.
All these tensions will come to a head very soon in the play, and the unChristian attitudes that others have will be hidden beneath the accusations of witchcraft and sin.
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