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Who is at fault for the actions in the crucible?

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Daniel Hutton

on 29 October 2012

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Transcript of Who is at fault for the actions in the crucible?

Judge Danforth Judge Danforth was a very biased person. He was very reluctant listen to the opinions of anyone other than the girls on the matter of the Salem witch trials. You were assumed a witch if you would not confess. During the trials if you were accused of being a witch and you denied it, Judge Danforth would have you hang anyway. Some say wisdom comes with age, that particular rule doesn't apply to this man. Because of Judge Danforth's ignorance he allowed Abigail and the girls to have the power to have anyone in the village killed. This caused the death of more than 20 people Mary Warren: I'm not hurting her!
Danforth: Why does she (Abigail) see this vision pg.115 Danforth: I cannot hear you. What do you say? Mary utters again unintelligibly. You will confess yourself or you will hang! He turns her roughly to face him. Do you know who I am? I say you will hang if you do not open with me! pg. 117 Danforth: I have until this moment not the slightest reason to suspect that the children may be deceiving me. pg.91 Mary Warren: Never , never.
Girls: Never, never
Danforth growing hysterical: Why can the only repeat you? pg.116 Judge Danforth was somehow unable to bring himself to believe that the girls were faking the entire thing. Judge Danforth was only interested in expanding his power. Even if it meant the harm of innocent people. Danforth: And you know that near four hundred are in the jails from Marblehead to Lynn, and upon my signature. pg.87 In the novel The Crucible by Arthur Miller, I think that Judge Danfoth is the reason for the elongated continuation of the Salem witch trials. In the story he was presented multiple times with false evidence and he believed it anyway. This ignorance on Judge Danforth's part is why the Salem witch trials were allowed to continue.
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