What advice does the doctor give Rev. Parris in The Crucible?

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The Crucible begins with Reverend Parris fervently praying at his daughter's bedside.  The audience quickly learns that Betty and her other girl friends were playing in the woods the night before and were caught by her father.  Just as modern day father would do, Reverend Parris sends to the doctor to investigate the cause of his daughter's illness; however, unlike modern doctors, Doctor Griggs has a very different and peculiar suggestion.  The doctor suggests that Reverend Parris (and the Putnam's whose daughter is also sick) "look to unnatural causes."  This is important, because with this advice, the audience learns that even the educated members of the town (like doctors) believe in not only witchcraft, but also the power it can have over the town's Puritan members.

 

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