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Why is Thomas Putnam bitter?

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chellz3 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 20, 2010 at 4:31 AM via web

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Why is Thomas Putnam bitter?

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

Posted October 20, 2010 at 5:42 AM (Answer #1)

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At the beginning of the play, we are told that Thomas Putnam is angry that his brother-in-law was not chosen as the minister of Salem. Since Puritan society revolved around religion, the minister of a community held great power. No doubt Putnam felt if a member of his family was chosen to be minister of Salem, he would benefit by association. When some members of the community did not choose his brother-in-law, Putnam saw this as a personal affront. To Putnam, this was an insult directed at him personally.


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