In The Crucible, who do you infer Ann Putnam will side with?

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

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If the question is referring to whether or not Putnam is going to withstand the rising tide of accusations or join it, the answer would have to be the latter.  In examining her character from the earliest of scenes, it is evident that she is haunted by the death of her children.  She has not been able to make peace with it.  This event of both losing her children and not being able to fully understand why it happened has compelled her to direct much of her anger at Rebecca Nurse, who has not had to experience such pain.  This envy and sense of vindictiveness is what drives Ann Putnam.  Miller might be making the statement that those who encourage the fragmentation of society might be doing so to project the emotional or psychological fragment that is within them.  Ann Putnam is a good example of this.  Additionally, Ann's husband is more concerned with gaining more land and being able to use the contagion caused by the trial to enhance this.  With this factor coupled with her own condition, it is evident that Ann is not going to stand for stopping the tide of accusations, but rather use it to enhance her own standing and to fulfill her own agenda.

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