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In act three of "The Crucible," who shows courage? Explain how they show it.

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Several characters demonstrate courage and integrity in act three by challenging the corrupt court despite its authority and suffer severe consequences for their actions. Giles Corey demonstrates courage by presenting a deposition against Thomas Putnam, which states that Thomas was overheard instructing his daughter to falsely accuse George Jacobs of witchcraft so that he could buy his forfeited land. Giles Corey refuses to disclose the name of the person who overheard Putnam and is arrested for contempt of court.

Mary Warren demonstrates courage by admitting to Danforth and Hawthorne that Abigail and her followers are lying. In doing so, Mary also admits to falsely accusing innocent citizens and feigning illness in court. Francis Nurse also demonstrates his courage by publicly supporting Giles Corey and John Proctor as they argue with the court officials.

The one character who demonstrates the most courage in act three is John Proctor. He not only presents a petition signed by the citizens...

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