What are some examples of irony in this passage said by Danforth?"No, old man, you have not hurt these people if they are of good conscience. But you must understand, sir, that a person is either...

What are some examples of irony in this passage said by Danforth?

"No, old man, you have not hurt these people if they are of good conscience. But you must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, this be no road between. This is a sharp time, now, a precise time-we live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world. Now, by God's grace, the shining sun is up, and them that fear not light will surely praise it. I hope you will be one of those."

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brennanlawler eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This passage can be considered ironic becauase we, as readers and viewers of The Crucible, know the exact opposite of what Danforth is saying to be true. In fact, good people have the most to fear from the court that has been set up in Salem and someone we know to be a sinner, Abigail, has the most power of all in this court. This paradox makes Danforth's claim that evil no longer mixes itself up with good ironic as well.

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