What does the exposition reveal in the opening scene of The Crucible?

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The opening scene of the play reveals the austere religious atmosphere of Salem, the community's marginalization of young women, and the inciting incident that results in Betty's enigmatic affliction. It also characterizes Reverend Parris and his niece, Abigail Williams. The audience initially learns that Reverend Parris witnessed Abigail and several other girls dancing in the woods while Tituba spoke in her native language, which leads to Parris's assumption that the girls were involved in witchcraft. Reverend Parris is also characterized as an unpopular, selfish individual who is more concerned about his occupation and title than his daughter's well-being. He fears the community's negative reaction and wishes to quell the rumors concerning witchcraft before they spread.

The conversation between Reverend Parris and his niece also reveals how young women are marginalized in the austere society of Salem. Young women are expected to be obedient, quiet, morally-upright individuals...

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