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by Arthur Miller

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In "The Crucible," what does the “spareness” of the Puritan setting reveal about the lives of the townspeople of Salem?

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The "spare" nature  of Salem plays a major role in why the town is the setting for the Witchcraft Trials.  In the stage directions to the First Act, Miller describes the town, itself, and makes several observations that allows the reader to fully grasp that Salem is ripe for something like the Witchcraft Trials to happen.  The "spareness" that is alluded to is the sparse way of living, where individuals are required to subjugate all emotions and sense of the self to something larger, namely a rather...

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