In The Crucible, Danforth says that if the accused are innocent they have nothing to fear because:  a he wants the people to believe the court is infallible b he wants to quell dissensions and...

In The Crucible, Danforth says that if the accused are innocent they have nothing to fear because:

 

a he wants the people to believe the court is infallible

b he wants to quell dissensions and promote compliance

c the court will help the accused to prove their innocence

d he wants to divert attention from the need to sacrifice innocent people for the greater good in the war against evil

 

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Actually, if we look very carefully at Act III of this play, we can see that all of these answers are correct. This of course can be shown when Francis presents Danforth with the deposition of ninety-one friends and neighbours who have signed it to say that Rebecca, Martha Corey and Goody Proctor are all good, Christian women. When Danforth agrees that each one of those ninety-one people must be brought into court for questioning, he responds to Francis Nurse's concerns that he has brought evil upon these people with the following words:

No, old man, you have not hurt these people if they are of good conscience. But you must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between. This is a sharp time, now, a precise time--we live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world. Now, by God's grace, the shining sun is up, and them that fear not light will surely praise it.

You can see how this quote can be used to indicate that each answer is correct. Perhaps the most relevant if you have to pick one would be the last option, as this quote clearly identifies that Danforth beleives himself to be engaged in a spiritual war between good and evil.

 

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