In the crucible one man, Thomas Putnam’s ambition for wealth and power feeds into the witch hunt. This greed drove Putnam to allow people to be killed for crimes that they weren’t committing and were being accused of things that weren’t really happening.
Thomas Putnam’s actions led to innocent people dying just so he could have land. “If Jacobs hangs for a witch he forfeit up his property that’s law and there is none but Putnam with the coin to buy.” This shows how Putnam took advantage of the witch hysteria to gain more land and benefit for him. Someone who benefits in god wouldn’t do something like this to put them self before god.
Before the witch craft trials people didn’t trust Putnam, they didn’t allow him to be their minister. Putnam was also very selfish because he wanted to go against his own fathers will to have the land all to himself. He ruined his reputation because he showed the people in Salem that he’s untrustworthy to people.
The benefit of people being accused of being a witch for Putnam was able to increase the amount of land he owned so it made him wealthier. “It’s not surprising to find that so many accusations against people are in the hand writing of Thomas Putnam , or that his daughter led the crying out at the most opportune junctions of the trials .” Bye being so involved he was able to control who got accused and convicted so he could have all the land.
In the crucible, Thomas Putnam found many ways to prosper from the trials. His desire to be wealthier and own more land drove him to accuse people on doing something they never did. We can learn from his mistake and not allow greed to rule our life.