Corey is dragged from the courtroom and onto the stage , followed by Francis Nurse, Hale, Parris, Hathorne, and Danforth. I should hang ten thousand that dared to rise against the law. Miller continues the theme of revolving accusations in this act when Mary finally breaks down and accuses Proctor of witchcraft. She explains: before, when she was surrounded by screaming girls and judges who seemed to believe in the spirits, she thought she actually saw spirits, and so could faint. Mary Warren sobs that she is merely standing in court, but Abigail continues with the charade. Fearful of her own life, Mary realizes that the only way to save herself is to accuse Proctor of coercing her into overthrowing the court.
Judge Danforth responds indignantly to their challenges, asking 'Do you know who I am? He does not manifest any particular political ambition, but instead acts to preserve the strength of the court over which he rules. Parris believes that the church is the main authority over the people in Salem, and that he is the appointed leader, having power over them. Danforth calls her up from prison in the courtroom. Proctor says that his wife meant only to save his reputation. Despite this, he is inaccurately depicted in 's play and its movie adaptations as doing so.
Miller suggested Danforth was important because he helped define and defend the boundaries of society, the rules that people lived by. Mary admits that her fits of bewitchment were pretense. He likes to think of himself as fair-minded, so it disturbs and angers him to discover that people fear the court. He views those who disagree with him as suspect. Proctor, you have been notified, have you not? The colony's attempts at moderation were in vain—the charter was formally annulled on June 18, 1684. Danforth demands that Proctor confess his allegiance to Hell. This essentially negates the idea of evidence, taking opinion and allegation to be concrete fact.
She's frightened, but tells Danforth that the other girls are lying. If she does, he tells Abigail, may God have mercy on your soul. From 1659 he sat on the colony's council of assistants, and was elected deputy governor in 1679. Hale claims that it is a natural lie to tell, and to stop before another person is condemned. Danforth was sympathetic to the plight of individuals accused, relocating some of them to his lands west of Boston; Salem End Road in Framingham is part of the area where they settled. Parris demands that Mary Warren pretend to faint as she had done before, but she cannot, for she has no sense of it. On the morning John Proctor and Goody Nurse, two excellent citizens, are set to be executed, Judge Danforth is petitioned by many to postpone the sentences or to pardon them all together.
Judge Danforth Governor Danforth represents rigidity and an over-adherence to the law in The Crucible. In the period between the dominion's collapse and the establishment of the in 1692, the old colonial government was temporarily reestablished, and Danforth resumed his offices. Because he presides over the court, he does not stand for people questioning the way he runs it. Danforth arrests Giles for contempt, and Giles makes a rush for Putnam, but Proctor holds him back. It is Danforth's stern rationality that makes him a more disturbing figure; he is not a malicious villain equivalent to Abigail, but rather a man who has intense faith in the integrity of his court.
Parris is paranoid and foolish, demanding that all ninety-one people who attest to the good name of the three accused women be brought in for questioning. Proctor tells Danforth that Mary Warren never saw any spirits, and he presents a deposition signed by Mary Warren that asserts this. At one point, the stage direction tells us Elizabeth is 'in agony. Who weeps for these, weeps for corruption! If Elizabeth admits to firing Abigail for her affair with Proctor, Danforth will charge Abigail. Danforth is very strict and resolute about his authority in the court and claims that the court is the highest form of authority.
I also certify that the work submitted is original work specific for this course. Danforth is clearly an intelligent man, highly respected and successful. Finally he admits that he had an affair with Abigail. Judge Danforth: He's Fancy and He Knows It Judge Danforth in Arthur Miller's The Crucible isn't the sort of guy you would want to invite to dinner. Miller also wrote the screenplay for the 1996 film version of the play, in which the name Danforth was retained portrayed by actor Paul Scofield as the principal judicial antagonist. The Salem Witch Trials Reader. Marshall Herrick drinks inhis presence, and action which perhaps suggests the feeling of shame in the town that some many people have been wrongly convicted.
The audience respects Giles so we trust his interpretation of Danforth at first. Thrown into the mix are greedy preachers and other major landowners trying to steal others' land and one young woman infatuated with a married man and determined to get rid of his innocent wife. Miller portrays Danforth as an honest but domineering and selfish judge, under whose authority many are imprisoned and sentenced to hang. Parris wishes to question them, but Danforth tells him to be silent. Parris constantly feels his authority is being threatened when people question his power-hungry and self-serving ways; he feels persecuted wherever he goes.
Abigail pretends that she feels a sharp wind threatening her. The Bible explains that authority is supposed to lift people up and not bring them down. Danforth is also the most merciless character in the play. Parris demands that these ninety-one be summoned for questioning, and claims it is an attack on the court. ? Although the question seems empty, suggesting that the power and influence that Danforth holds is equally hollow.