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brimarie97 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 15, 2012 at 11:17 PM via web

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Between Proctor, Hale, and Cheever, determine which one has the greatest faith in the court proceedings.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM (Answer #1)

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Cheever would be the one character of the three that demonstrates the greatest amount of faith in the court proceedings.  I think that this is the case because he never renounces the court for its hypocrisy.  Proctor renounces the court in Act III and in Act IV, making his characterization represent the very essence of dissent with the court in these moments.  Hale has a great deal of faith in the mission of ridding the town of the presence of evil, but becomes attune to how this is not the driving force of the court in Act III.  Hale renounces the court, but still believes in the work he does, not necessarily as an agent of the court, but as an agent of the perceived divine.  Cheever does not renounce the court in any way.  He is an agent of the court, one who is eager to do the court's bidding.  Cheever understands from the most immediate of moments that his power increases as he follows the court's demands.  He does not articulate an opinion about what is happening that might be contrary to what is happening in the court.  Essentially, Cheever defines himself in accordance to the court's actions.  In this, he would have to be the one character of the three that demonstrates the greatest faith in the court proceedings.

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