9Type of conflict: community conflict

Miller represents a small community attempting to enforce uniform religious beliefs. However the community was deeply divided. Conflict was generated by a predilection for minding other people's business, which undoubtedly created many of the suspicions which were to feed the coming madness. ( page 14). Uncharitable gossip was rife, and Parris's parlour “ was packed with people drawn accordingto Abigail, because the rumour of witchcraft is all about”. (Page 18).
The community was also highly litigious and Giles Corey implies that this too was the devil's work. I am at 33 times in court in mylife. And always the plaintiff. ( page86). Miller presents a litany of bitter disputes over property. Thomas Putnam, for example, resorts to the courts in anattempt to break the disadvantageous terms of his father's will. And he was engaged in a bitter land dispute with John Proctor. (Page 23, 36). Francis Nurse whose rise in social status isresented by some, fought a land war through the courts with Putnam. The squabble growing to the proportions of a battle in the woods between partisans of both sides. And it is said to have lasted two days”. (page 31).
  • Find examples of the different ways Miller uses language to represent the hostility between members of the Salem community.
  • Prepare notes that visually represents the community in terms of family and neighbours in the different factions they belong to. For example, Giles Corey calls Walcott “that bloody mongrel”. (p68)






PROCTOR: "I do, sir. I believe she means to murder" pg 93, John Proctor to Danforth
DANFORTH: " Mr Putnam...He states that you coldly prompted your daughter to cry witchery upon George Jacobs that is now in jail " Pg 86-87

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Proctor page 98 " She thinks to dance with me on my wifes grave!" "But it's a whores vengeance, and you must see it."


page 97 "It is a whore!" john proctor in referance to abigail
"Why-! The girl is murder!" Page 71 spoken by elizabeth about abigail



ELIZABETH [her breath knocked out]: "Why-! The girl is murder! she must be ripped out of the world!" referring to Abigail. (pg 71)
GILES: "...this man is killing his neighbours for their land!" Giles to Danforth faulting Thomas Putnam. (pg 87)
PROCTOR'S personal matter with the Church's authority: "...when i look to heaven and see my money glaring at his elbows- it hurt my prayer, sir, it hurt my prayer. I think, sometimes, the man dreams cathedrals, not clapboard meetin' houses" (pg 63)



PROCTOR:"You are a coward! Though you be obtained in God's own tear, you are a coward now!" pg73
GILES: "I'll cut your throat, Putnam, i'll kill you yet!" pg88





Proctor: "Pontius Pilate! God will not let you wash your hands for this!" Pg 72
Proctor to Hale: "You are a coward!!" Pg 73

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"DANFORTH: Mr Parris, you are a brainless man!" pg111
""PROCTOR: How do you call Heaven! Whore! Whore!" pg97


Proctor: Because it is my name!...How may i live without my name? i have given you my soul; leave me my name!
Danforth:Is that document a lie? If it is i will not accept it!.. I will deal with no lies!



page 30 Abilgail to John about Elizabeth 'She's blackening my name in the village!....She is a cold, snivelling women....'