In the opening scene of the play, Susanna Walcott enters Betty's room and offers Reverend Parris a message from Doctor Griggs. Susanna informs Reverend Parris that the doctor has no idea what ailment plagues his daughter and has suggested that he look to "unnatural things." Susanna tells Reverend Parris,
Aye, sir, he [Doctor Griggs] have been searchin’ his books since he left you, sir. But he bid me tell you, that you might look to unnatural things for the cause of it. (Miller, 10)
Doctor Griggs's suggestion that Parris look to "unnatural things" reveals the Puritan society's beliefs in supernatural phenomena. Shortly after Susanna leaves Betty's room, Abigail Williams tells Parris,
Uncle, the rumor of witchcraft is all about; I think you’d best go down and deny it yourself. The parlor’s packed with people, sir. I’ll sit with her. (Miller, 11)
The fact that the doctor and the citizens have already begun to make assumptions that Betty is bewitched emphasizes the Puritan society's belief in the supernatural. When Mrs. Putnam enters the scene, the first question she asks about Betty is,
How high did she fly, how high? (Miller, 14)
Mrs. Putnam's comment reveals that she believes in witches and magic. Mrs. Putnam's comments and concerns also underscore her society's beliefs in the paranormal and supernatural. These beliefs significantly contribute to the harmful witchcraft-hysteria that consumes the entire community.