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What are the reasons Miller gives for the phenomenon that occurred in Salem? (witch hunt)

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Posted September 19, 2012 at 1:55 AM via web

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What are the reasons Miller gives for the phenomenon that occurred in Salem? (witch hunt)

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gpane | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted September 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM (Answer #1)

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Miller completely discounts the idea that these events are caused by supernatural forces, and instead seeks to show how everyday difference between the members of the Salem community and the all- common emotions of anger, envy and greed are responsible. For instance Putnam accuses people whose land he covets, while Abigail wants rid of Elizabeth Proctor, her rival for John Proctor's affections. The accusations of witchcraft - at a time when many peope did actively believe in the supernatural - become both a means and a cover for the pursuit of private conflicts.

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