Responsibility In The Crucible

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There is always more to a human being than their looks or social status. Looks can be deceiving as a person with great credibility may not be at all what society expects them to be. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Abigail, John Proctor, and Judge Danforth prove to readers that even people with great credibility can be sinful and manipulative. They prove this when John Proctor has an affair, Abigail sends innocent people to jail, and Judge Danforth continues to send innocent people to hang knowing he is wrong in doing so. First, John Proctor. John is known as a highly respected local farmer. He is loved by many in Salem especially Abigail who takes her love for John to new extremes. Abigail tells John “I know you clutched my back behind…show more content…
Danforth is a highly respected judge and is known as a smart and wise man. Danforth tells Giles Corey, a farmer in Salem, who doubts his decision in sending people to jail “And do you know that near to four hundred are in the jails from Marblehead to Lynn, and upon my signature? […] And seventy-two condemned to hang by that signature?” (87). This reveals the amount of power and credibility Danforth has. He has no shame in sending his people to jail. He puts himself on a pedestal and praises his actions unaware of the consequences. He thinks his opinion is more important than everyone else. He is stubborn and egocentric. He will not listen to anyone who tries to reason with him, like Giles, because he knows he has more power than anyone…show more content…
Danforth replies “Postponement now speaks floundering on my part; reprieve the pardon must cast doubt upon the guilt of them that died till now […] I should hang ten thousand that dared to rise against the law, and an ocean of salt tears could not melt the resolution of the statutes.” (129). Danforth’s reply shows that he would rather send innocent people to hang rather than admit his wrongful doings. He decides to keep it secret to protect shattering his name. He does not want people to overthrow the court because of Danforth’s wrongdoing. He knows if he postpones the hangings people will start to suspect the truth about witchcraft. He decides to allow the hangings. Danforth would rather see innocent people die than lose his credibility which proves Danforth is a selfish human being. Even though he has a high social status, he is a coward and a
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