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To what extent do you think Danforth can be called a tyrant?

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In the looser definition of tyrant, as a person who uses power and authority harshly or oppressively, Deputy Governor Danforth can be considered a tyrant within the context of the play. Outside of the action in The Crucible , we do not learn how he conducts the affairs of state within Massachusetts. In his capacity as the lead judge in the witchcraft trials, however, he does misuse his powers. Danforth aims to ensure the smooth proceedings of...

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