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What is Danforth's basic attitude toward the proceedings of the trials in The Crucible, and how does his philosophy influence the trials?

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Deputy Governor Danforth has great influence over the proceedings in court in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. He is a man who truly believes in the court system that he has been a part of for thirty-two years. However, he is blinded by his own arrogance, and his intimidating attitude helps to sway the proceedings in the wrong direction.

Danforth claims that the court will find the truth. “We burn a hot fire here; it melts down all concealment.” In his eyes, the innocent need not worry because the truth will protect them. So great is his belief in the court system as an agent of God to reveal truth that Danforth never considers the possibility that the system is failing. He says, “No uncorrupted man may fear this court.” Yet, his intimidating and forceful tone is feared.

He believes that there is something going on, and he’s determined to find what it is. Danforth tells Hale that “there is a prodigious guilt in the country” and reminds the court that the Bible prohibits...

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