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In act III who does Danforth say can best identify a witch? What does that mean. The...

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unicornhorns | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 21, 2007 at 11:37 AM via web

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In act III who does Danforth say can best identify a witch? What does that mean.

The Crucible.

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brandih | eNotes Employee

Posted March 22, 2007 at 1:39 AM (Answer #1)

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Danforth says a witch's victim can best identify a witch.

Act III, page 93:

DANFORTH: "...But witchcraft is ipso facto, on it's face and by its nature, an invisible crime, is it not? Therefore, who may possibly be witness to it? The witch and the victim. None other. Now we cannot hope the witch will accuse herself; granted? Therefore, we must rely upon her victims..."

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jilllessa | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted July 20, 2007 at 4:36 AM (Answer #2)

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Danforth says that the best person to identify the witch is his/her victim.  He continues that since witchcraft is an invisible crime, only the victim and the perpetrator know for sure a crime has been committed.  What this really means to the accused is that there is really no way for them to effectively defend themselves agains an accusation since it is only their word against their accusers.  This also means that it is an open field for would be accusers to accuse enemies for any reason.

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