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If someone saw girls dancing naked in the woods today they probably wouldnt put them on trial In early colonial times it would have been considered a sign of witchcraft and a sin In Arthur Millers The Crucible a story of that kind of odd behavior is told about the now infamous Salem witch trials In 1692 a group of young women were caught dancing in the woods and witchcraft hysteria went rampant through Salem Massachusetts The political social and environmental settings in the late seventeenth century Salem were instrumental in heightening the probability of the witch trials in this Puritan village The government of seventeenth century Salem Massachusetts is very different from today When the Puritans arrived they established a strict theocracy in their colony Their government was completely entwined with their church Religious moral codes became the laws Anything immoral could get them arrested Reverend Parris preaches compliance with the church rules and the local laws when he says there is either obedience or the church will burn like Hell is burning 28 People were punished for breaking simple laws Abigail says Uncle we did dance let you tell them I confessed it- and Ill be whipped if I must be 9 Just as church and state are intertwined the characters social lives are also tied together in The Crucible The small community forms a tight knit group and privacy is very hard to maintain Everyone knows everyone elses business and its easy to see how rumors spread easily In Act I Abigail speaks to her uncle about what she suggests he do Uncle the rumor of witchcraft is all about I think youd best go down and deny it yourself The parlors packed with people sir 9 The people are all congregating to discuss what theyve heard about Reverend Parriss daughter as though it is their business as well Being so close also fosters unspoken resentment and long-held grudges They also care
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