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Giles Corey, a subordinate character in Miller's play "The Crucible", asks for 'more weight' when he is being pressed to death at the end of the play.
Giles knew that the charges he was facing were ridiculous. He had already put his wife in danger of being declared a witch when he told the townspeople about her reading strange books.
Giles asked for more weight for two reasons. First, he knew that the adding of more weight would end his suffering quicker. Second, and perhaps the more honorable, he was showing the officials that his spirit would not be broken.
Giles, like Proctor, both refuse at the end to concede completely to the wishes of the officials. Proctor begged for the officials not to make him sign his name as a result of his pleading guilty. Proctor states that his name is the only thing he can keep.
Giles, knowing that control must be kept over his life somehow, asks for more weight so that his life is actually in his own hands and not those of the officials.
Nope. There was a very important legal reason for his action. See Wikipedia: Giles Corey for the correct answer.
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