In The Crucible, how does Danforth's character demonstrate  hypocrisy in the Puritan culture?

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Puritan beliefs at the time of The Crucible were very strong and consisted of the idea that one should adhere strictly to the policies of the church. Any questioning of the church's authority was seen as questioning the will of God himself. In addition, such things as physical gratification or individuality were seen as a threat to their way of life. Shared values were the strength of the Puritan church; these shared values consisted of faithfulness, honesty, and integrity.  

This, however, is what makes Governor Danforth's character all the more hypocritical. Not only does he refuse to question the legitimacy of his own decision to hang possibly innocent elders of the community based on the words of a few teenaged girls, he also chooses to fulfill his own individual desires before upholding the laws that he is sworn to uphold; both of these things go against the very fiber of the Puritan way. He would rather believe in the presence of evil than in his own friends and community members...

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