what can you infer about puritans beliefs regarding dancing? Did they accept dancing, why or why not ?
Answers 1Add Yours
In reference to the story itself (The Crucible), Parris' biggest fear in Act One is that the community will find out his daughter and niece were dancing in the forest like heathens.
Historically, the Puritans opposed dancing, equating it with sinfulness, promiscuity, and as temptation for a man to commit adultery. Dancing was not completely forbidden, but "mixt" dancing (man and women) was completely discouraged. Puritan ministers preached that dancing was sinful, prideful and vain. Dancing interfered with progress, work, and the ability to resist evil. So, I guess that all in all....... it was not acceptable.