Please answer these questions concerning the plot of The Crucible.
Why are some people, including John Proctor, inclined to stay away from Sabbath meeting? Why does Hale believe the Devil would strike Rev. Parris's house? And also, why isn't it difficult for Ann Putnam to believe that Goody Osburn is a witch?
John Proctor and others did not go to church because Rev. Parris was more concerned with appearance than with faith. He wanted the more expensive candlesticks because they would look better. Proctor also said Parris preached too much "hellfire and damnation", scaring the children in the congregation.
Hale says the devil would be more likely to strike Parris' house because it would give the devil great satisfaction to bring witchcraft to the house of a man of God.
Ann Putnam readily believes Goody Osburn is a witch because she was the midwife for several of Goody Putnam's children who were stillborn. Ann Putnam is looking for someone to blame for the deaths of her babies.
Reverend Parris is not a well-liked man in town. Many believe that he is a hypocrite - although he is a minister, he is concerned with appearances and material wealth. Because they do not trust him as a neighbor, people like John Proctor don't want to be ministered by him.
Ann Putnam blames Goody Osburn and Rebecca Nurse both for the death of her babies.
Hale believes that the Devil will only attack the house of a moral person, because it would not make sense to attack the house of a soul he already had. Parris, as a reverend, is a perfect target.