"The Crucible" by Arthur Miller- What were the factors that caused the play to escalate to such an intense level?

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Every year, many people are innocently killed or sent to prison. In these type of stories, a person is blamed or accused of doing something him or her have not done, and end up either dying or getting a prison sentence. In The Crucible, people are accused of being witches because of the situations and time period they are in. Their insecurity brought chaos upon them and many innocents died. There were many factors that caused what happened in the play to happen. What happened in the play escalated to an intense level because of many factors and characters, which include Ruth Putnam and Betty Parris, and that not a lot was being done to prevent what happened.

The situation in Salem intensified when witchcraft was confirmed to be among the people. Once Tituba confessed to being a witch, the girls around her began accusing people that they either disliked, or thought to be a perfect example of a witch.

The court trial for witchcraft was hardheaded and took the word of the girls over other people. When doubt did strike the court that the girls were faking, they couldn't really make a stand because the court, especially Danforth, were too worried about their reputation to admit the court might have been wrong. Even when the court realized that this whole thing might have been a fraud, people had already been hung, and so the court thought it wouldn't hurt to just finish what they had started and kill the rest of the accused. This was the belief of the court because Danfoth says, "Twelve are already executed; the names of these seven are given out, and the village expects to see them die this morning. Postponement now speaks a floundering on my part; reprieve or pardon must cast...