Thomas Putnam had some issues that made him a bitter man. He aspired for wealth, power and authority over the Salem community. He made efforts towards his aspirations, but he failed in his numerous attempts. The disappointment and frustration made him unhappy with some people in the community because they stood in the way of his goals and objectives.
His wife’s brother-in-law was turned down as minister of Salem despite his qualifications in unclear circumstances. His candidate was opposed by a section of the Salem community.
Mr. Putnam was also against his father’s will, which entitled his step-brother to a larger share of the estate left behind. He tried to challenge the will, but his attempts failed.
He was also engaged in numerous land related confrontations with his neighbors because of land boundaries. Putnam's overall behavior suggests that he was bitter because he did not get his way.