The Crucible is a play that deals with the Salem witch trails. Andrew Miller focuses on the discovery of several young girls and a slave playing in the forrest - supposedly calling on spirits from the dead. Rather than suffer from inevitable punishment, the girls decided to accuse other people in Salem for practicing witchcraft.
What does finger-pointing usually result in?
...Well in this case it caused paranoia and an atmosphere of fear where everyone was a potential witch.
Random people were being accused and this caused distrust in the community.