The last person I think was played a big part in the spirit of the witch hysteria is Governor Danforth.Danforth was a big part of the actual trials and his court system was very brutal and uncivilized, in fact he said, If you are not with the court, you are against it which basically means in my opinion, if you are on trial and you dont believe what the court believes then you are guilty.
The Crucible The Crucible In 1692, in Salem Massachusetts, the superstition of witches existed in a society of strong Christian beliefs.
Anybody who acted out of the ordinary was accused of being a witch and then the accused would actually be forgiven if the blamed their accusations on another individual.
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Introduction Crucible Character Study (Question 1) Of all the characters in the Crucible, John Proctor is perhaps the most admirable.
Danforth contributed to the hysteria another way in the method that he used to judge who was guilty in terms of evidence.
He believed word of mouth more than actual proven evidence, mostly because he wanted these trials over fast and he wanted it to turn out the way he wanted the trails to end.This was the main idea of a play entitled, The Crucible by Arthur Miller.In this play a group of young girls act up and are then accused of being witches.Fortunately, John Proctor realizes this is wrong and he does not give the confession and he hangs because of it.Although eventually John Proctor did add to the hysteria a little, he still helped it stop.His words in this sentence where a huge part of the conclusion on what eventually happened to the girls and all that were involved.The court believed they were all witches and they really had no chance to prove them wrong.John Proctor adds to the hysteria when he and his wife are talking about Abigail and why she is acting so oddly.Although John Proctor knows she is making up everything and blaming innocent people, he is reluctant to travel to Salem and testify her as a fraud to the court.Proctor cannot sign the lie and exclaims: "Because it is my name! Her young and innocent appearance conceals a sly, selfish and callous girl.Abigail had once been John Proctor's lover, but was then rejected. Conclusion You drank a charm to kill John Proctors wife!