Theme Of Ignorance In The Crucible

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In the Crucible, Arthur Miller uses fallacy of the false alternative to display how one’s limited perspective can lead to ignorance to greater possibilities. As trials are being conducted in the Salem meeting house, John Proctor enters bringing Mary Warren and a testament of ninety-one townspeople to claim the innocence of those convicted of witchcraft. Danforth questions Proctor’s intentions. He fears that his purpose is to undermine the court. He shares his concern explaining, “A person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there is no road between.” (Miller 87). Danforth’s strong will and great faith in the court results in an ignorance that prevents him from being open minded to any other possibility. He does not

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