He did not want to tell the people that Abigail told him it was a lie so that he wouldn't blow his cover about his affair. Reverend Parris Minister in Salem. He systematically accuses his neighbors of witchcraft so that he might purchase their lands after they hang. He challenges the court in an attempt to defend his wife who has been convicted of witchcraft. He remains unmoved by quantities of evidence and impassioned pleas, so it is not surprising that Judge Danforth's last words in this play are directions to 'Hang them high over the town! Quote: I speak my own sins; I cannot judge another. It's not the most logical of conclusions, to say the least! Miller saw parallels between this fear of communists and the fear of witches in Salem. I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil! The woman claims that she was simply reciting the ten commandments.
I have given you my soul; leave me my name! The false confessions favor the dishonest and are motivated by jealousy and spite. He is an icy character who firmly believes that Abigail Williams and the other girls are incapable of lying. As a deputy governor sent to oversee the witch trials, he swaggers into Salem from Boston with other 'weighty magistrates,' fully convinced of his own importance. 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. Hopkins Hopkins is one of the guards at the jail cell. Analysis Amongst the characters in the play, it is who seems to provide the most obvious symbol of Senator Joseph McCarthy.
At the end of this act, Proctor condemns himself by claiming that God is dead. His government roles included administration of territory in present-day that was purchased by the colony. In both cases, many people were declared guilty simply because they'd been accused. Though Danforth and Parris try to suggest that the Devil is disingenuous and can fool even the most righteous man, Proctor diffuses their arguments by pointing to the ones who made the accusations and to their possibly negative reputations. He openly denounces Parris and does not attend church.
He knows if he doesn't go on with what he is doing and says the people were all innocent and it was all the girls just playing it out, all his reputation will be soiled, and ruined. If Elizabeth admits to firing Abigail for her affair with Proctor, Danforth will charge Abigail. Use these Crucible quotes for class discussion, for a better understanding of the play, or for. Despite Proctor's obvious sin, this places Proctor as a martyr, sacrificing any chance for a good reputation in Salem, where public reputation is essential, in order to save his wife and others wrongly accused of witchcraft. Furious, Proctor calls Abigail a whore. Putnam of telling his daughter to accuse a community rival of witchery, Hathorne promptly exclaims that Giles is in contempt of court when he hesitates to name his source for this information.
She says that Proctor never committed lechery. In this exchange, Mary Warren tells the Proctors about Judge Hathorne questioning a beggar woman about why she mumbled when Mary turned her away without food. The colony's attempts at moderation were in vain—the charter was formally annulled on June 18, 1684. However, during the play, there are times when he seems to be gentler with some people. She argues against the witch trial investigations. Proctor is a sharply intelligent man who can easily detect foolishness in others and expose it, but he questions his own moral sense.
Danforth arrests Giles for contempt, and Giles makes a rush for Putnam, but Proctor holds him back. Hale says: ''I have sought a Christian way, for damnation's doubled on a minister who counsels men to lie. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. She fully understands the ramifications of being found guilty of witchcraft, which makes her faulty accusations all the more disturbing. Because I lie and sign myself to lies! To Danforth But who tells us Rebecca Nurse murdered seven babies by sending out her spirit on them? The , founded in 1975, is located in Framingham.
Danforth takes this as absolute proof that John was lying about Abigail in the first place. And it is my face, and yours, Danforth! Is your husband a lecher! Marshal Herrick Appointed by the court to arrest the accused individuals. Elizabeth hesitates, agonizing, then says no. The colony had previously governed this territory roughly the land between the and Rivers in what is now southwestern Maine , but its right to do so had been stripped by King Charles after protests by the heirs of Sir , who had long-standing claims to the area. But it is a whore's vengeance, and you must see it now. Elizabeth cries out in despair. Elizabeth Proctor The wife of John Proctor, Elizabeth shares with John a similarly strict adherence to justice and moral principles She is a woman who has great confidence in her own morality and in the ability of a person to maintain a sense of righteousness, both internal and external, even when this principle conflicts with strict Christian doctrine.
Judge Hathorne A judge in the Salem court. He refuses to consider that the girls might be pretending and that the accused are innocent. This was a serious crime in 1692. Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! I know not what a witch is. The document the committee drafted was a conservative declaration that the colonial government was essentially sovereign except where its laws conflicted with English law. Danforth demands that Proctor confess his allegiance to Hell. Proctor asks Danforth if it strikes him odd that these women have lived so long with such an upright reputation only to be accused.
In 1661 the colony was rebuked by for its mistreatment of ; the colonial government had banned Quakers from its territory under threat of death, and had recently been hanged after repeatedly violating the ban. When Giles Corey speaks up in court, Judge Danforth commands him to sit back down. But if she speak true, I bid you now drop your guile and confess your pretense, for a quick confession will go easier with you. There is no questioning that Danforth believes he is doing the work of God and that those on trial shall not be treated unjustly in his courtroom. Lastly, Reverend Hale realizes that the convicted are innocent, and he has decided to try to persuade them to confess to save their lives.
Judge Hathorne himself comes across as arrogant in Miller's play. He was appointed of in its charter of 1650, and served as a steward of the college from 1669 to 1682. Because I cannot have another in my life! The girls are brought out to face Mary. Both Dudley and Andros excluded Danforth from their councils, given his opposition to crown authority. Mary admits that her fits of bewitchment were pretense.