In "The Crucible", what evidence is there that sharp divisions exist among the people of Salem Village in the first act?


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Well, in Act One there sure is a lot of bickering going on-the people fight about everything!  Proctor, Corey and Putnam argue over land boundaries, Proctor argues with Parris about his style of preaching, Ann Putnam reveals her suspcions of evil midwives killing her babies, and Parris whines about just about everything from firewood to his salary, to the factions against him.

In addition to this, Rebecca Nurse, the most peaceful of the lot, says, "This will set us all to arguin' again in the society, and we thought to have peace this year", which indicates that arguing is a regular feature in Salem.  And, Miller give background information about how the Nurses and the Putnams have constantly fought over land and elections, and Giles Corey is constantly suing people.  All of this is excellent breeding ground for the unjust accusations that occurred in the play.


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