The Crucible Questions and Answers
by Arthur Miller

The Crucible book cover
Start Your Free Trial

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

Expert Answers info

Felicita Burton eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2018

write5,491 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

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...

(The entire section contains 228 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial