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Identify two quotes from The Crucible that address the issue of a witch hunt in modern times.

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I think that this is a highly relevant question.  I would propose that one of the best quotes that can apply to a modern witch hunt would be something that Proctor speaks in Act II, Scene i.  When sides are being clearly chosen, Proctor says, "I like not the smell of this authority.”  This reflects how authority during a process of a witch hunt, or a demonizing of "the other," does not really behave like an authority figure.  Rather, this "authority" seeks to consolidate its own power and it is up to individuals to recognize this and stand against it, as Proctor indicates with his position at the earliest possible moment in the drama.  Another quote...

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