In The Crucible, what is an example of intolerance?

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An example of intolerance is found in the criticism of John Proctor's negative opinions of Reverend Parris and Reverend Hale's reaction to John's dismal church attendance record. In Salem's austere, religious society, community members and authority figures reveal their intolerance by judging citizens for not performing religious duties like regularly...

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An example of intolerance is found in the criticism of John Proctor's negative opinions of Reverend Parris and Reverend Hale's reaction to John's dismal church attendance record. In Salem's austere, religious society, community members and authority figures reveal their intolerance by judging citizens for not performing religious duties like regularly attending church, knowing religious doctrine, and carrying out Christian rituals. Salem's residents and authority figures are also intolerant towards citizens who challenge elected leaders like Reverend Parris and the court's officials. John is highly criticized and viewed with suspicion for his negative comments regarding Reverend Parris's harsh preaching style and selfish personality. Hale also views John with suspicion when he discovers his dismal church attendance record, inability to correctly recite the Ten Commandments, and the fact that one of his children is not baptized. Danforth, Parris, and Judge Hathorne demonstrate their intolerance towards citizens challenging their corrupt court. In Act Three, Danforth and Hathorne take offense to Giles Corey and John Proctor's testimonies and arrest them for attempting to undermine the court. Instead of carefully considering their testimonies, Danforth and Hathorne punish anyone who questions their authority.

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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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