Give several reasons why the Putnams resented the nurse.

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The Putnams are one of the primary antagonists of The Crucible by Arthur Miller. They are a powerful family in Salem, and they are an ally of Reverend Parris, another of the primary antagonists in the play. When the young girls begin talking about witchcraft and accusing others of being witches, the Putnams are never named. Instead, they stand to gain a lot from the accusations against others.

For Thomas Putnam, the reason to resent Francis and Rebecca Nurse falls on an old feud that existed between the Putnam and Nurse families over the appointment of Thomas Putnam's brother-in-law as minister of the church in Salem. Miller, in his commentary from Act I Scene I, says,

“Some time before, his wife’s brother-in-law, James Bayley, had been turned down as minister of Salem. Bayley had all the qualifications, and a two-thirds vote into the bargain, but a faction stopped his acceptance, for reasons that are not clear.”

Francis Nurse was a large part of that faction that denied Bayley the...

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