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Why are Proctor,Francis,and Giles repeatedly accused of attacking the court?

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bobaboba | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted October 4, 2011 at 10:18 AM via web

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Why are Proctor,Francis,and Giles repeatedly accused of attacking the court?

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pirateteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted October 4, 2011 at 10:28 AM (Answer #1)

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Throughout the trials, the audience sees over and over that the court is biased.  This is evident when accused witches are considered guilty until they can prove themselves innocent- a practice that is the opposite of what we think courts should be like.  Proctor, Francis, and Giles are considered to be "attacking the court" because they are bringing evidence contrary to the mission of the court.  Their wives have been charged with witchcraft, but they have evidence that proves their wives are not guilty of anything.  If the judges listen to their evidence, they may learn that they wrongly convicted and executed citizens of Salem.

 

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