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Both Mr. Putnam and Mrs. Putnam have different reasons for wanting to prove that witchcraft is rampant in the village. Ann Putnam Thomas Putnam’s wife has lost seven children in childbirth. Only their daughter Ruth survived. A big part of the job description for a Puritan Wife was to be fruitful and produce many children. Ann needed an explanation for all her dead children. Witchcraft was a great excuse thus deflecting any physical, spiritual or mental shortcomings that she might have.