Nathaniel and Matt
"Why, we are surely gone wild this year. What anarchy is this? The tract is in my bounds, it's in my bounds, Mr. Proctor." -Page 150
The Crucible was set in the puritan settlement of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Miller wrote the book as a protest to McCarthyism that was prevalent in the 1950's.
Putnam was a man with many grievances, hard working, and a landowner. He is near fifty and he regarded himself as the intellectual superior of most of the people around him.
He is worried about the reputation his grandfather set for the Putnam name.
Putnam wants to get at Parris, possibly by putting him on trial. Although this didn't actually happen, it is his hidden motive.
Thomas and his brother put George Burroughs in jail for debts he did not owe. This is an example of social power.
He was involved in hysteria when Betty wouldn't wake up. He was accusing her and fears she's the murdering witch.
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