In "The Crucible," what is the significance of the point made by Danforth that "no uncorrupted man may fear this court"?

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The point is significant because it is so ironic. Danforth is basically saying that innocent men should not be afraid of the court because the court will be so fair. Obviously, that is not what happened. By the end of the court sessions, 19 innocent people had been sent to their deaths, including John Proctor and Rebecca Nurse. Danforth allowed "spectral evidence", evidence that could only be "seen" by the girls and ignored warnings from Proctor about Abigail's motives. He also ignored warnings about Thomas Putnam and the Putnam's greed for their neighbor's lands. It seems that uncorrupted men had a great deal to fear from that court.


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