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Scene 4 reveals old animosities that later drive the action of the play

Scene 4 reveals old animosities that later drive the action of the play

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Scene 4 reveals old animosities that later drive the action of the play. In this time period, it was not  uncommon for children to die at birth or early in childhood for a number of reasons, including poor  medical treatment, improper nutrition, and harsh living conditions. Even so, seven is an unusually  high number of children's deaths within one family, and losing seven children, coupled with the threat  to her surviving child, has left Mrs. Putnam a bitter woman. Inherently self-righteous, she believes  she has been victimized and devotes all of her energy to discovering the cause of her children's  deaths. Mrs. Putnam's obsession not only leads her to solicit Tituba's services in conjuring her  children's spirits, but also results in jealousy toward other mothers who have not lost children. In this  case, Mrs. Putnam focuses her jealousy and animosity upon Rebecca Nurse because Rebecca 
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