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What is the significance of the cows wandering the highroads?
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In Act IV Salem has changed since the opening of the play. The quiet town is now characterized with overgrown vegetation that has not been harvested, orphans without parents, and cows wandering through the streets.
All of these images show us the ramifications of the trials. At first the girls pointed towards lower class people in the town, but by this point their fingers have such power that they can be pointed at anyone. So many people have been convicted and even executed that there is no one to take care of the crops, children, or even the cows. Cheever tells the Danforth
There be so many cows wandern' the highroads, now their masters are in the jails, and much disagreement who they belong to now...
Even Cheever, who was initially for the trials, is starting to wonder about the over reaching affects they are having on the town.
Posted by pirateteacher on October 17, 2011 at 8:18 AM (Answer #1)
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