Arthur Miller used actual documents from Salem's court to research his book before he began writing. That means that the character names are right and the stuff that happened in court was basically right. In fact, the storyline is really close to reality. The thing is - Abigail was only 10 in real life and she did not sleep with John Proctor in real life. Miller made that part up to appeal to his audience. And it makes sense - sex sells, unfortunately.
In the book, Ann Putnam was the one who started the whole witch-hunt idea. She and her husband were bitter people and wanted to blame someone for all the bad stuff that happened to them. They were wealthy, but they lost seven children and are unhappy people in general. So Ann sent her healthy child, Ruth, to go perform a ceremony with Tituba to try to talk to the dead kids and see why they died.
The town has a rumor going around - that the two sick girls were sick because they were BEWITCHED in the forest. "They" also have heard that one of them flew in the air.
Tomorrow is LMC day where you will get to find a book to read for fun. Yes - reading can actually be fun. Bring a pen or pencil to class.
I will keep this little blog here so you and I can communicate better. Please note that it does not replace your BRAIN. Attend class, take notes, ask questions - these are your best and most powerful tools - not the blog.