Gile Corey's Death In The Crucible

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Although Gile Corey’s death was caused by being crushed by stones, it was ultimately a little slip up by him that caused his own death. While reading The Crucible, we find out that Giles was a very old man that was blamed for everything in the town. If a cow had been stolen, he was blamed even if the cow had run away. He was married to Martha Corey who gets accused of Witchcraft. In The Crucible, Giles Corey makes the mistake of bringing suspicion to his wife’s name which in turn leads to his death and shows the court systems where blind with fear. During Act I, when Hale enters the scene and starts talking about signs of people being witches, Giles accidentally brings suspicion to his wife’s name. While Hale talks about all the signs, …show more content…
Giles blames himself for everything that transpired with his wife. He then says, “it’s a pity Ezekiel, that an honest tailor might have have gone to Heaven must burn in Hell. You’ll burn for this, do you know that?” The tone when Giles says, “an honest tailor might have gone to Heaven must burn in Hell. You’ll burn for this,” shows how angered Giles is with the court, Elekiels and himself. While Martha’s court hearing is going on, Giles bursts into the room and shouts, “I have evidence for the court!” This shows how angry and not in the right mind Giles was. The quote is showing how scared Giles was that his mistake of bringing suspicion to his wife’s name. In the end the mistake would have Martha in jail. The court is scared because they have put multiple people to death only on spectral evidence that cannot be proven given by the girls who are “possessed”. Giles has physical proof that the witchcraft is a lie and the girls are attacking people they or their family don’t like. Giles pleads to the court, “They be tellin lies about my wife sir.” The quote is showing how Giles is trying to shine light on this whole case and is trying to open the eyes of the judge. Giles is growing closer to his own death and now his wife’s death is growing closer …show more content…
The deposition read that Putnam told his daughter to cry witchery upon Mr. Jacobs so they could take his land. They asked who Giles was getting this information from and Giles says, “I will not give you no name… I stand mute.” The quote shows how Giles needs to help his wife but can’t destroy his friends lives either. Giles is needs to save his wife, and the deposition is his last chance. The judges tell Giles that he needs to tell the court or else he would be arrested for contempt of court. The judges start a session and they are about to arrest Giles for contempt of court and John Proctor tries to help. Giles responds to Proctor saying, “Say nothin’ more John… He means to hang us all.” This quote is showing that Giles doesn’t want more people to die and if he can make the judges see how blind they are with fear they are then all of the killing will stop. We don’t hear from Giles again but Mr. Proctor tells Giles, “Peace, Giles, we’ll prove it all now.” He is sad that he may never see Giles again. This quote shows how Giles wasn’t the only one who wanted to fix the injustice being done by the girls and court. From here we don’t hear from Giles again but find out that he ends up getting pressed to death by stones. He decides to be put to death so his sons will get his land rather than Putnam getting

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