I need help thinking of an attention grabbing quote for my character analysis on Judge Danforth.I just need an idea and possibly what act its in so i can find the quote myself. But it must be a...

I need help thinking of an attention grabbing quote for my character analysis on Judge Danforth.

I just need an idea and possibly what act its in so i can find the quote myself. But it must be a quote in the the play.

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englishteacher72 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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In Act III, Danforth says the following:

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.

I think this is a useful quote in the character analysis of Danforth because it shows that even though he is an intelligent judge, he sees the world in black and white.  There are no in-betweens with him. 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think this would depend a great deal on what you are saying in your character analysis of Danforth.  You would want a quote that would show the character trait or traits that you think are most important.

For me, one of the more important traits of this character is his self-importance.  He is really convinced that he is a very important person and that the "little people" should have respect for him and for his position in society.  He is also inflexible and harsh.  I would illustrate this with a quote from Act III.

Danforth is talking to Francis Nurse.  He says "Do you know who I am, Mr. Nurse"  And then goes on to say "And do you know that near to four hundred are in the jails from Marblehead to Lynn and upon my signature?"  He finishes by saying "And seventy-two condemned to hang by that signature?"

I think that stuff is pretty catchy  and I also think it sums up his self-importance and inflexibility pretty well.

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summerb11 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

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Thank you for your answers :) i used them both!!

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