Parris fears any defense against the charges of witchcraft as an attack upon the court and a personal attack on him. Putnam, Rebecca Nurse is charged with the supernatural murder of Putnam's children, who were each stillborn. John stands his ground, however. John is instructed not to look at her, and she is commanded to look only at Judge Danforth. Judge Danforth was only interested in expanding his power. Susanna Walcott Susanna is one of the girls whom Parris found dancing in the woods, and a confidant of Abigail.
Now she realizes she never saw them, and can't faint. Judge Danforth abused his judicial power, throughout the trials, to the fullest of his abilities. Why has Parris sent for Reverend Hale from Beverly? Despite these vast differences they both share three main character dependant themes. This is unusual for him and hence the annoyance and outrage in the line when delivered. In any community, the people rely on the power of law and justice to protect them. This is a sharp time, now, a precise time- we live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world. She explains: before, when she was surrounded by screaming girls and judges who seemed to believe in the spirits, she thought she actually saw spirits, and so could faint.
You could not be farther from the truth. I have given you my soul; leave me my name! The power that Abigail Williams has on the town, maybe fatal. Three characters in the play demonstrate different types of human condition through the decisions they make. Hale interrogated him with accusatory remarks. He died in 1638, leaving his lands and the care of his younger children to Thomas. Reverend Samuel Parris A weak, paranoid and suspicious demagogue, Parris instigates the witchcraft panic when he finds his daughter and niece dancing in the woods with several other girls. Hodgman quotes here that often in a story the villain is known to be the most overpowering character.
Reverend Hale makes many changes very quickly. Therefore, the idea of a redemptive character emanates from that character committing a perceived wrong and then overcoming the subsequent consequences with his actions. Miller also wrote the screenplay for the of the play, in which the name Danforth was retained portrayed by actor as the principal judicial antagonist. Even though Danforth acts as the defining source of reason, he refuses to see he was wrong at the end of the play. Danforth takes this as absolute proof that John was lying about Abigail in the first place. He also does not want people to question him, in the same way perhaps as he himself does not want to question those he has sentenced to death.
A young minister reputed to be an expert on witchcraft. Now there are no spirits attacking her, for none in this room is accused of witchcraft. Corey is dragged from the courtroom and onto the stage , followed by Francis Nurse, Hale, Parris, Hathorne, and Danforth. However, during the play, there are times when he seems to be gentler with some people. They also tend to let to their opinions and motives impact their work and responsibility to make competent decisions. A conservative , he served for many years as one of the colony's councilors and magistrates, generally leading opposition to attempts by the English kings to assert control over the colony. To Danforth: A man will not cast away his good name.
Since the court takes the side of God, anyone such as John Proctor, must be conspiring with the Devil. Danforth had not heard this before, and begins to doubt. This relationship is not only formed between the reader and the characters, but between the characters and the scenario of the story itself. In doing this, Hale has also shirked in his duties as a minister and a man of God. He questions the people accused like he already knows that they are guilty. All of this takes the self interest in one person to start an irreversible chain of decay.
Arthur Miller is telling us that all the power in Salem is given to those who are corrupt and their abuse of it is directly shown through: the actions of Abigail throughout the play, the corruption and desires of Parris, as well as the witch trials held by Judge Danforth. Like Hale, he is very proud of his position. The play is seen as a metaphor for the Salem community which was made up of many different, conflicting events. Miller agreed, but defended his depiction as adhering to the facts of history. Reverend John Hale A scholar from Beverly, Reverend Hale comes to Salem on Reverend Parris' request to investigate supernatural causes for Betty Parris' suspicious illness and thus instigates the rumors of witchcraft.
Hathorne and Danforth are furious that Corey would disrupt and try to influence the court. Even those in Puritan culture who were not necessarily a religious leader, but still held high authority, made intolerant claims. Also, because witchcraft cannot be proven with hard evidence, the only way to prove witchcraft is by the victims of the people who were accused. Where does Tituba think that the Devil is going to take her? This is very easy for him to do as he is quite juvenile and his mind is easily swayed due to his lack of opinion. Ezekiel Cheever Ezekiel is a clerk of the court who serves the arrest warrants to the persons charged with witchcraft.
Despite his early enthusiasm for discerning the presence of witchcraft in Salem, Hale soon grows disillusioned with the witchcraft accusations that abound and defends Proctor when he challenges Abigail. He begins to wield his position to gain respect from Francis and even make an example of him. By the time the king's letter arrived the colonial government had already lessened the harsh punishments for violating bans. Next, Corey provides a deposition that quotes a witness who heard Thomas Putnam say he had his daughter charge a man with witchcraft in order to get his land. A man may think God sleeps, but God sees everything, I know it now. In the play he is faced with great controversy, the controversy was that the traditional ways that the court system had been ran were being questioned.