Are The judges in The Crucible impartial or do they seem to be taking sides?

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mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If Danforth and Hathorne are impartial and fair, they sure have a strange way of showing it.  Every single time someone comes up with any evidence that might shed light on what is really going on, they shut the person down, accusing them of trying to overthrow the courts.  Take for example Giles Corey, who has evidence that Putnam is prompting his daughter to accuse people just so that he can get their land.  Instead of treating this as the hugely significant piece of evidence that it is, they arrest Corey on a petty charge of not giving the name of the guy that he got the information from.

Then, take the petition that had close to one hundred names on it, attesting to the fact that the women accused were not witches.  Instead of taking that into account, the judges send out warrants for ALL of the people that signed the petition.  Then, when Mary Warren bravely steps forward to prove the girls are frauds, they attack her and drive her into a difficult spot where she cowers and chickens out.  When John Proctor tries to prove Abby is a fake, they question hima and Danforth sets up a nearly impossible situation for his wife to prove he's lying.  All of these things indicate the judges are biased, and unwilling to admit any evidence that will make the arrests already made by them appear to have been wrong.

I hope that those thoughts helped; good luck!

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