Giles Corey encounters several conflicts throughout the play The Crucible that cause him emotional anguish and eventually lead to his horrific death. The first conflict that Giles Corey encounters concerns the fact that his faithful, morally upright wife, Martha Corey, has been arrested and accused of witchcraft. Giles feels extremely guilty for his wife's arrest because he initially mentioned that Martha acted mysteriously while she was reading, which affected his ability to pray later that night. Essentially, Giles feels responsible for his wife's arrest, which causes him to publicly challenge Salem's court.
The second conflict Giles Corey encounters concerns his argument with Deputy Governor Danforth, who refuses to accept Giles Corey's deposition without knowing the person who wrote it. When Giles Corey insists that he has written proof from a man who overheard Thomas Putnam telling his daughter to accuse George Jacobs of witchcraft so that he could buy George's forfeited land, Danforth demands to know the identity of the man who wrote the deposition. When Giles refuses to tell Danforth, he is arrested.
The third conflict Giles Corey encounters is his horrific execution. Giles Corey is crushed to death by heavy stones. However, Giles refuses to accuse himself of witchcraft during his execution in order to not lose his land.