In The Crucible, describe Giles Corey's attitude and character and why that may make him a good man and an idiot at times.  sometimes giles could be described as brave other times he was like an...

In The Crucible, describe Giles Corey's attitude and character and why that may make him a good man and an idiot at times. 

sometimes giles could be described as brave

other times he was like an idiot-telling (someone i cant remember) that his wife was reading a strange book

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Giles seems somewhat idiotic in Act Three when he comes to the court to help save his wife, Martha. When Judge Hathorne asks him what lawyer helped him with his deposition, Giles is only too proud to tell him that he worked on it himself. He says, "I am thirty-three times in court in my life. And always a plaintiff, too." He absolutely brags about his "legal training"—essentially, his incredible litigiousness—without realizing that this makes him look simply cantankerous and finicky rather than anything positive.  

However, Giles also seems quite brave when he refuses to give the name of the man who overheard Mr. Putnam claim his daughter had "given him a fair gift of land." He knows, having watched the same thing happen to Mr. Nurse's friends (who signed a document testifying to the good character of his wife and others), that if he gives this man's name to the court, the man—who was only trying to help him—will be...

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