What does Giles Corey's action reveal about his character? And Elizabeth?Giles assents to be put to death without responding to the charges against him. Elizabeth Proctor she says she will not...

What does Giles Corey's action reveal about his character? And Elizabeth?

Giles assents to be put to death without responding to the charges against him.

Elizabeth Proctor she says she will not judge her husband for telling a lie.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The previous post was quite lucid in its response.  I would only add that the fact that Giles Corey demands "More weight" at his execution reveals much about both he and the setting in which he finds himself unfortunately immersed.  One element present is that he demands more punishment as both a way to bring attention to the morally heinous condition of politics and abuse of power.  In demanding "More weight," it is almost a condemnation of the murdering of innocence.  Additionally, I think that in Corey's demand, one understands the idea of how individuals always have a voice, despite the conditions that threatens silence.  In Corey's last words, he is utilizing his freedom in a situation where so many have sought to silence it.  I think this is probably where much of both his character and Miller's statements about the perversion of justice in Salem are evident for all to see.

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luannw | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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Giles Corey refused to be compromised.  He refuses to answer the charges levied against him because he realizes that the entire proceeding is a sham and for holding his ground, he is pressed to death.  This tells us that he is stubborn, but he is a man of firm and high principles.  He is not a hypocrit. He realized that the witch trials and their ridiculous claims were outrageous and false.  He saw his wife be convicted and knew it was wrong so he would not even answer the charges against him. Elizabeth Proctor is also a woman of principles.  Her husband had an affair, which he confessed and repented for having, but he stood by her side and faced his own public shame in order to clear her name.

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