His gullibility is exceeded only by his self-righteousness. The girls are brought out to face Mary. As Hale notes, it is a natural lie for Elizabeth Proctor to tell, yet an incredibly ill-timed one; Elizabeth Proctor chooses dishonesty at the precise moment that her integrity matters the most. Now, children, this is a court of law. Marshall Herrick drinks inhis presence, and action which perhaps suggests the feeling of shame in the town that some many people have been wrongly convicted.
This does make Danforth suspicious of any attack on the plaintiffs and the proceedings, but also allows him some room for flexibility. He believes that no innocent person should fear the court, and that he and Judge Hathorne are guided by God, so nobody will be punished unjustly. ? Abigail denies the charge, but Proctor says Abigail has often laughed at prayer, and that Abigail and the other girls frequently danced in the woods. Church is just one aspect of being a good Christian as Proctor argues, and one that is for show. In the , whose screenplay was written by , Danforth portrayed by , who also directed the picture is portrayed the same way.
Proctor claims that he believes Abigail means to murder his wife, and orders Mary to tell Danforth how the girls danced in the woods naked. Unlike what the Bible teaches on this subject, Reverend Samuel Parris, Reverend John Hale, and Deputy Governor Danforth show their understanding of authority in alternate ways. Placed in a situation that tests his integrity, Danforth takes the easy way out while, in contrast, Proctor will sacrifice his life rather than give up his own sense that he is a good man doing the right thing. Reverend Parris remains motivated by suspicion and paranoia, while Thomas Putnam moves from an original motivation of grudges against others to unabashed greed. Judge Danforth: He's Fancy and He Knows It Judge Danforth in Arthur Miller's The Crucible isn't the sort of guy you would want to invite to dinner.
Thus the effect is dramaturgical rather than cinematographic, a little like Branaghan doing his versions of Shakespeare. Miller continues the theme of revolving accusations in this act when Mary finally breaks down and accuses Proctor of witchcraft. He begins and ends pompous, proud, and hard. Proctor calls Abigail a whore and grabs her by the hair. Also the most inconsiderate character in the play, Danforth does not care about other peoples? Thrown into the mix are greedy preachers and other major landowners trying to steal others' land and one young woman infatuated with a married man and determined to get rid of his innocent wife. New York: Penguin Books, 1981. If Elizabeth admits to firing Abigail for her affair with Proctor, Danforth will charge Abigail.
It does not escape me that this deposition may be devised to blind us; it may well be that Mary Warren has been conquered by Satan, who sends her here to distract our sacred purpose. It's not the most logical of conclusions, to say the least! He agrees that all those people should be called before the church, a fact that horrifies Francis, as Francis promised no harm would come to them. Hathorne and Danforth are furious that Corey would disrupt and try to influence the court. But because he refuses to name his witness, Danforth refuses to accept the evidence. She once thought she saw spirits, but now she does not.
New York: Facts on File. In 1643 Danforth was admitted a of the colony, which conferred on him the right to vote and to participate in the colony's political affairs. We burn a hot fire here; it melts down all concealment. Lesson Summary Judge Danforth makes it through this play without little change or development to his character. Yet it is Abigail Williams who brings this particular quality into sharp relief.
Arthur Miller wrote the events and the subsequent trials where those who demanded their innocence were executed, those who would not name names were incarcerated and tortured, and those who admitted their guilt were immediately freed as a parable of the Congressional Communist witch hunts led by Senator Joe McCarthy in 1950's America. Deputy Governor Danforth espouses the central irony of the witchcraft trials: because there can be no concrete evidence of witchcraft, one must trust the word of the accuser as to whether any witchcraft has occurred at all. Mary Warren begins to sob. Mary Warren claims that the girls are lying, but after Danforth threatens her and Abigail refuses to stop her charade, Mary submits and accuses Proctor of being the Devil's man. Most powerfully we at times are given the sense that Danforth knows the accusations made in Salem are lies but is unwilling to admit this fact because it will undermine his name and the fact that he has already sentenced people to death for the same crime, based on the same evidence.
Danforth is also the most merciless character in the play. This is the second time I have been able to see this worthy conversion of Arthur Miller's classic play adapted to the screen. However, Miller does not make Danforth a direct equivalent of the irrational demagogue McCarthy; rather, Danforth is a stern, cold man of unfailing faith in his judicial powers. This essentially negates the idea of evidence, taking opinion and allegation to be concrete fact. Proctor is confident that his wife would never, could never lie, even to save him. She is not allowed to know he had already confessed, so of course she refuses to blame him.
Elizabeth hesitates, agonizing, then says no. He redeems himself from his role as a Pontius Pilate by serving as an advocate for justice. Parris wishes to question them, but Danforth tells him to be silent. In the 1957 film adaptation of the play, whose screenplay was written by Jean-Paul Sartre, Danforth portrayed by Raymond Rouleau, who also directed the picture is portrayed in the same way. The Bible explains that authority is supposed to lift people up and not bring them down.