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Outline all of the evidence of witchcraft in Act 1 of "The Crucible".

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Initially, Reverend Parris discovers the girls dancing naked in the woods, and there is evidence that they were participating in the dark arts. The forest was an enigmatic, evil place to the Puritans and was associated with spirits, demons, and Satan's presence, which makes the girls' activities suspicious. The fact that both Betty Parris and Ruth Putnam are incapacitated for seemingly no reason is also evidence of witchcraft. The local doctors are unable to heal either girl, and the citizens automatically assume that the devil is responsible for their condition. When Mrs. Putnam enters the scene, she immediately mentions that there are rumors throughout the town that Betty flew like a witch over Ingersoll’s barn.

In act 1, it is also revealed that Mrs. Putnam sent her daughter to Tituba to conjure the spirits of her seven dead children. Before Reverend Hale arrives, Abigail admits privately that she drank blood in an attempt to put a curse on Elizabeth Proctor, which was supervised...

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