In The Crucible, why is Rebecca Nurse in jail?  

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Rebecca Nurse is in jail because she has been accused of witchcraft. In Act Two, when Giles Corey and Francis Nurse arrive at the Proctors' home, Francis tells John Proctor and Mr. Hale that Cheever came to their home and took Rebecca away in his wagon (the wagon which will very soon arrive to cart Elizabeth Proctor away as well). Francis tells the crowd that the arrest warrant read, "For the marvelous and supernatural murder of Goody Putnam's babies." Therefore, it is implied the Putnams have accused Rebecca of murdering their children.

In Act Four, Rebecca remains in jail because she has been convicted of witchcraft but refuses to confess. A confession would actually mean that the accused would...

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