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How do the proposed hangings of Rebecca Nurse and John Proctor differ from the past...

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seanritz | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 16, 2007 at 5:50 PM via web

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How do the proposed hangings of Rebecca Nurse and John Proctor differ from the past executions?

its in the fourth act of the story

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted May 16, 2007 at 11:37 PM (Answer #1)

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Rebecca Nurse and John Proctor are upstanding citizens of Salem. Prior to their hangings, only the poor and homeless have been hanged. The Nurses own a great deal of land, but they are also greatly respected as a prominent family of Salem. The Proctors are also a respectable family. Though some don't like John, he is respected for his honesty and fairness. To hang these respectable people is a turning point in the trials and is one of the reasons that led to its end.

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