How does the play "The Crucible" relate to the topic of belonging? I have read the play but am not understanding it properly in relation to belonging.

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Jessica Akcinar eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Most of the "witches" brought to trial during the Salem Witch Hunts were people who did not fit in, or belong, in Puritan Salem society at that time. For example, Tituba is a slave from Barbados who practices Voodoo. Giles Corey is described as a man who "didn' t give a hoot for public opinion, and only in his last years did he bother much with the church. ..a crank and a nuisance." Sarah Good is a ragged, eccentric, and crazy woman who lives on the outskirts of town life and who does not conform to the accepted norms of the community. John Proctor is blunt, has had an affair, and does not attend church regularly.

All of these characters stood out from Puritan society in some way. They did not belong and were not 100% accepted by others.

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The Crucible

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