What does Danforth desire in The Crucible?

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In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Deputy Governor Danforth is the judge who presides over the "witch trials" along with Judge Hathorne. Danforth is an elderly gentleman, but has a masculine and authoritative appearance. He is a strict follower of the Puritan sect of Christianity, and applies biblical law on to the Massachusetts colony's own legal system.

However, Deputy Governor Danforth's austere exterior masks his inner-weaknesses, such as his gullibility. For instance, he believes Abigail's wild accusations. Whenever Abigail mentions a name, Judge Danforth automatically assumes the named are suspected witches. This gullibility is not due to Danforth's faith in Abigail's words, but is rooted in Danforth's religious beliefs. Danforth's devout interpretation of the Bible and his own Puritan beliefs tainted his objectivity as a judicial authority.

Additionally, Danforth has a tyrannical mindset in regards to his position as the Deputy Governor of the colony. His self-image and the importance his places on his reputation indirectly leads to the false executions of innocent girls and young women in the colony. Danforth has the desire to apply his own interpretation and practice of the law regardless of evidence regarding Elizabeth and John Proctor's innocence.

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