Who is most to blame for the Salem witch hunt in the play The Crucible?Please answer this for the events that occured in the play, not real life. I understand that the play is not historically...

Who is most to blame for the Salem witch hunt in the play The Crucible?

Please answer this for the events that occured in the play, not real life. I understand that the play is not historically accurate. Thank you all very much for your time :)

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I am going to answer this differently than most would. Many would, probably, state that Abigail Williams is the one to blame for the witch hunt in the play "The Crucible."

Instead of looking at one person as holding the power to be most to blame, one could look at the Puritan society as being the one to place the blame upon.

The Puritans had some very strict theologies. They believed that people were predestined to be either saved or damned, that Christ only died for the elect, and that mankind is sinful based upon the fall of Adam and Eve. For the majority of the population, these were hard ideologies to swallow. Any minor falter proved a person to be wrong in the eyes of the society.

That being said, given the staunch rules the Puritans held, any behaviors which they deemed sinful or wrong were attacked. A simple sickness turned into hysteria based upon the reactions of the society at large.

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