The Crucible

What other “judges” are now operating in Salem? Provide at least two examples of people judging one another (not including John and Elizabeth). Why are they delivering these judgments? Explore possible motivations.

Elizabeth responds to John’s outrage by saying “The magistrate sits in your heart that judges you” (page 55).

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I think that the theme here is that citizens of Salem become "judges" to settle their own petty squabbles and take advantage of their neighbors. Certainly Mr. Putnam wants Giles Corey and John Proctor's land. Mrs. Putnam has a vendetta against Rebecca Nurse, blaming her for her babies that died during delivery. .