In The Crucible, what is an example of intolerance?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It seems to me the fact that there is little in way of understanding present in the entire town is representative of intolerance.  The basic premise of the accusations of witchcraft themselves are examples of intolerance.  The belief that someone is a witch and they need to die because of it is the most elemental example of intolerance.  There is little in way of diversity and heterogeneity in Salem.  The fact that people in the town were petrified of the accusation of witchcraft proves that there was an intolerant basis in the town. At the same time, there was a lack of willingness in understanding other people.  When individuals were accused of being a witch, no one provided defenses or justifications or even mere opportunities to explain themselves.  There was a demand of confession or death.  Such a harsh stance is another example of intolerance.  This intolerance is only heightened by the manufactured nature of the accusations.

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