What are some social issues in The Crucible?

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One of the social issues affecting the Salem community is gender inequality. Women, particularly young females, are marginalized in the highly patriarchal Puritan society. Young females are expected to be obedient, quiet, soft-spoken members of the community, who have no authority and are assigned strict gender roles. One could argue that Abigail and her followers are motivated to continue falsely accusing innocent citizens of witchcraft because Salem's court offers them a rare opportunity to wield authority and gain recognition from their community members.

Corruption is another social issue affecting Salem's community throughout the play. Judge Hathorne and Deputy Governor Danforth refuse to reverse their rulings and continue arresting innocent citizens because they do not want to appear weak or indecisive. Despite the evidence against Abigail and her followers, both court officials refuse to relinquish their authority and continue unjustly sentencing innocent citizens. Any citizen who...

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