What are some external conflicts that Betty Parris deals with in The Crucible?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that one of the largest external conflicts that Betty endures in the drama is how to deal with the fact that her dancing in the woods breaks one of the social laws of Salem.  The most pressing element is that the girls did wrong.  Betty's conflict is that she, like the other girls, do not want to be punished for what they did and for how they acted against Salem's norms.  This is the reason why she, and the other girls, make accusations against others in order to deflect their own blame and guilt.  Another external conflict would involve her relationship with Abigail.  The leader of the group, Abigail is someone who exerts a great deal of pressure and influence over the group.  Due to this, Abigail is a force that exerts pressure on Betty.  While we never see Betty struggle against Abigail, like Mary Warren, it is evident that Abigail is a force where conflict is always present.  In these lights, the external conflict is present, something whereby Betty finds herself immersed.  Of the characters in the drama, Betty has to endure some of the least amount of conflict because she remains in the cloistered protection of the group, never having to endure much in way of risk.

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