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What is Rebecca Nurse accused of in The Crucible?  

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Posted June 4, 2013 at 6:34 PM via web

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What is Rebecca Nurse accused of in The Crucible?  

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crmhaske | College Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted June 4, 2013 at 7:58 PM (Answer #1)

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In the Crucible, Rebecca Nurse is accused of witchcraft.  Anne Puntum accuses Rebecca of using witchcraft to murder her children.  She comes to this conclusion because, in her despair at the loss of her children, she refuses to accept that God would be so unfair as to choose for her children to die, but not Rebecca's, who survive infancy.  Her character in the novel is based off of the true story of Rebecca Towne Nurse who was convicted and executed of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials despite the lack of evidence to prove guilt.

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