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The Crucible by Arthur Miller as well as the maps text and charts of Enduring Visions clearly show a growing resentment between the have nots of Salem Village and the haves of its more easterly neighbor Salem Town Salem was presided over by the Rev Parris By 1692 Salem had become a divided and disturbed community Hidden behind the sacred crusade of Rev Parris and the petty jealousies and hates of the Putnams and Abigail Williams is a community that is far removed from the original intention of Gov Winthrop and the ideals of The New England Way Miller points out that as the Puritan community became more divided against itself so grew its need to set off a wave of hysteria in the presence of Satan The map on p 49 clearly marks a battle line being drawn between the less successful hard dirt farmers of the Village accusing many of their Puritan Church members of the more prosperous harbor who were mostly merchants of witchcraft The New England Way as conceived by John Winthrop was slowly disintegrating by the beginning of the Salem Witch Trials of early 1692 The Factionalism And Wealth Chart in Enduring Visions demonstrates very clearly that those whose family income was less than 10 shillings 61 were for the Rev Parris and his entreaties of witchcraft The more prosperous families those whose family income exceeded 20 shillings 23 were opposed to witchcraft accusations The Rev Samuel Parris is a frightened extremely weakened man who has little or no faith He is a self-serving man more worried about his position than his supposedly ailing daughter He spends all of his time protecting himself and his position of authority rather than comforting his flock that is being menaced by Satan The support for Rev Parris clearly comes from those Salem Village parishioners who are desirous of having the same
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