In The Crucible, what three characters are responsible for the trials and why?

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One could argue that Abigail Williams, Reverend Parris, and Deputy Governor Danforth are the primary characters responsible for Salem's corrupt witch trials. Reverend Parris is responsible for entertaining the idea of witchcraft after his daughter Betty falls ill with a mysterious sickness. Reverend Parris also sends for Reverend Hale from Beverly to begin investigating the presence of witchcraft throughout the community. After Abigail becomes the outspoken leader of the group of girls, Reverend Parris defends the court against concerned citizens like Giles Corey, Francis Nurse, and John Proctor.

Given the fact that Abigail Williams is the leading voice of the proceedings and falsely accuses numerous citizens of witchcraft, she is primarily responsible for the witch trials. Abigail Williams initially began accusing innocent citizens in order to avoid being punished for dancing in the woods. After Abigail gains fame and notoriety, she falsely accuses Elizabeth Proctor of attempted murder...

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