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Thomas Putnam plays a major role in the Salem witch hunt in Arthur Millers The Crucible Inheriting a handsome amount of property makes Putnam a wealthy person however it doesnt seem to satisfy his ambition After the town terribly rejected Putnams brother-in-law Bayley Putnams bitterness has increased Finally his prodigious involvement in the relentless accusations places him in the center of the spot light making him a salient character in both the play and the indignant period of the American history Thomas Putnam has a very large part in initiating the Salem witch hunt He is the first character who blames unnatural causes for the illness among the children Furthermore he firmly believes in the existence of vengeful spirits layin hands on these children15 There is a murderous witch among us he vehemently cries out16 His action isnt surprising because he has lost seven newborns and his Ruth is sick He wants to hunt down the witch but he needs some aid He lays his eyes on Parris because Parris is the minister and Betty is also ill Thus Putnam tries to coerce Parris to witchcraft Declare it yourself Putnam tells Parris you have discovered witchcraft16 At this point Putnam captures everyones attention and then he strikes Thomas Putnam is behind the accusations toward many people Did you ever see Sarah Good with him he questions Tituba or Osburn46 With fear and panic Tituba confesses she sees the Devil with them Sarah Good and Osburn are insignificant in Salem They certainly dont satisfy Putnams fastidious demand so he moves on to the next victim and eventually accuses Rebecca Nurse For murder shes charged For the marvelous and supernatural murder of Goody Putnams babies71 Putnam truly stands out of the crowd this time He is perhaps the only person corrupt enough to accuse Rebecca Last but not to the least he manipulated his daughter to accuse George Jacobs Does Putnam simply wants to killed the witches
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