What are some examples of suspicion shown throughout The Crucible?   

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible depicts Salem's suspicion, paranoia, and use of accusation as revenge.  Here are some of the major ones:

  • Rev. Paris suspects that most of his congregation hates him.  He also suspects that the girls tired to conjure the devil but fears that if his daughter admits this it will only further infuriate his congregation.
  • Goody Putnam suspects that her children could not have died of natural causes; rather, they were cursed by some supernatural agent.
  • Elizabeth suspects that John still has feelings for Abigail.
  • Giles Cory suspects that the Putnams are after more land acquisition.
  • Judge Danforth suspects that those accused are trying to overthrow his court.  Even he suspects the girls may be lying, but to admit otherwise will cost him control of the court and his reputation as a strict judge.
  • Rev. Hale suspects that the girls are lying and quits the court after Elizabeth is accused.


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