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To what extent do you think Danforth can be called a tyrant? (With quotations and analysis.)

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Danforth's characterization reflects his status as a judge in a Puritan colony: rigid and suspicious to a fault. He oversees the Salem witch trials in the story. He certainly does not view himself as the villain of the peace: he repeatedly assures those on trial that if they are truly innocent, then they need have no fear of conviction, since he believes the trial procedures are just and ordained by God.

Unfortunately, Danforth is as swayed by mass hysteria and superstition as those under his authority, making his judgment subject to question. For an...

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