Goody Putnam is "a twisted soul . . . a death-ridden woman haunted by bad dreams." All of her children have died and she is looking for a scapegoat. That scapegoat is Rebecca Nurse, who served as midwife at the births of several of Ann Putnam's children, who later died. Goody Putnam thinks it is unfair that Rebecca Nurse has 11 children and she has none. In addition, she, along with her husband, had opposed the appointment of Rev. Parris. Because of her jealousy over her lack of children and a desire to be more influential in the community, she grabs the opportunity to be one of the major supporters of the girls and their claims of witchcraft, especially against Rebecca Nurse.