Thomas Danforth

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  • The Crucible And Conversion Analysis

    The girls in The Crucible try to alleviate the pressure of conforming to and upholding their reputations through attaining power, which proves to be too heavy of a responsibility and leads to the execution of innocent people. Likewise, Danforth in The Crucible tries to preserve his own reputation as well as the court’s reputation through gaining power and establishing himself as an authority figure, though it also results in the condemnation of faultless townspeople. In comparison, Conversion shows readers how gaining authority and power in an effort to preserve a reputation does not necessarily benefit others. Both works provide evidence that the overwhelming pressures society places on conforming to and upholding a reputation have more negative effects than good effects and act as examples that show conformity and upholding a reputation are not always the ideal solutions. They also comment on how gaining power and authority to aid in upholding reputations can lead to negative…

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  • Abigail A Victim In The Crucible Essay

    Pola Matoga IB 1B English A Abigail As A Victim Of Her Society In The Crucible The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is a play with many complex characters, and sends multiple messages. One of those dynamic characters is Abigail, a seventeen year old girl. At first glance it is easy to blame Abigail for the witch trials in Salem, as she is a devious and manipulative girl, however, the truth is that Abigail is a victim of a strict, Puritan society. Her upbringing and past led her to be the person she…

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  • Analysis Of Doubt: A Parable By John Patrick Shanley

    Did Father Flynn commit the crime or not? That is the question all the readers are asking themselves in the play, Doubt: A Parable. Sister Aloysius accuses Father Flynn on many different occasions, affecting his mental stability. Based on the evidence in John Patrick Shanley’s play, Doubt: A Parable, I conclude Father Flynn is guilty because of Donald and Father Flynn’s suspicious behavior. Also, Father Flynn is guilty because of how defensive he is and he eventually resigns. Donald Muller and…

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  • Theme Of Authority In The Crucible

    The idea of authority to many becomes a controversial issue. Some people like the fact that there is a person with authority so that civilians don 't have to think of the problems affecting them. Others on the other hand, some people disapprove of a person with authority since the person can easily manipulate his or her powers and use it in a destructive way. Throughout the play, “The Crucible,” authority was a recurring theme, but it also plays a part in the American Revolution, parenting, and…

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  • Examples Of Paranoia In The Crucible

    innocently but stupidly, giving the troublemaker of the play an excuse to accuse Elizabeth Proctor of witchery by creating the poppet, which is a symbol of voodoo and a reason for suspecting about the rightness of the proctors. After this first glance to how the desire for revenge of a girl can hurt her bosses Mary Warren is conscious about the damage she has caused, however, she is still afraid of speaking up when Proctor asks her to tell the truth at court, “she’ll kill me for saying that!…

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  • The Salem Witch Trials In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

    significant and difficult trial or test”. In the play the accused people get examined and the judges are trying to find out whether or not they are bewitched and therefore guilty of witchcraft. The definition is certainly simple, but the name fits the play well since that is exactly what is happening. People get accused of things and then judged and tested by others in front of a court. Based on that decision the society has a certain perception of them and it makes people act differently. In…

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  • The Crucible Theme Analysis

    1 / 2 Lexi Punturo The Crucible Theme Analysis Theme #1: Reputation Reputation is one of the many concerns for the characters in The Crucible . Everyone wants a good name in the town because they do not want to get accused of witchcraft or being a husband of a witch. As the play starts out, Reverend Parris ( the Minister of Salem) finds out that Betty Parris and the other girls have being dancing outside. Later, people all believed that the "dancing" was a form of witchcraft and this was…

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  • Conformity And Individualism In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

    4, when he attempts to go against the church and claims that Abigail has been making up the witchcraft accusations. Although Abigail admitted to John in Act 1, saying, “oh she’s only gone silly somehow” (20), he was the only one in the room, so it becomes a battle of he said/she said. When he goes in front of the court with these accusations, he is reminded of his actions in the previous Act, when he ripped up the warrant and treated the court officials with disrespect. He then begins to get…

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  • Reflective Essay On The Crucible

    significant and difficult trial or test”. In the play the accused people get examined and the judges are trying to find out whether or not they are bewitched and therefore guilty of witchcraft. The definition is certainly simple, but the name fits the play well since that is exactly what is happening. People get accused of things and then judged and tested by others in front of a court. Based on that decision the society has a certain perception of them and it makes people act differently. In…

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  • 'East Of Eden' By John Steinbeck: Character Analysis

    that revolves around the witch trials. In the story, characters such as Abigail Williams and Judge Danforth, as well as the witch trials themselves can all be considered good or evil but one cannot exist without the other, however; they can coexist. The witch trials can be defined as good and evil because the people thought they were doing good by killing the witches when in reality, they were doing evil. When it came to the belief of the Puritans, that also contributed to the witch trials by…

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