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Frieden 1 Alex Frieden Mrs.Myers, Mr.Neely Adv. English 11 1 November 2005 Danforth: the Self-righteous Dogmatic Antidisestablishmentarianist In The Crucible by Arthur Miller the character Danforth is the overbearing deputy governor of Massachusetts who is brought into Salem to rid it of the devil by presiding over all witch trials. He is motivated to prosecute and condemn these so called witches because he feels that his authority is being challenged. In many ways it is this authority that he confuses with the power held by the church and state. Danforth is also an antidisestablishmentarianist, standing for power for power’s sake. Is fully supports power of power of the church the power of the state and the power that he, himself holds. In some cases Danforth blurs the lines between each of these by being so self-assured about his supremacy that he will not accept anything else to be the truth. Arthur Miller’s character, the self-righteous Danforth, lets his preconceived notions and ideologies take exclusive control of the witch trials in Salem. Danforth is very ideological man. He believes whole-heartedly in the flawlessness of scripture and in the supremacy of the law. After all, in the Puritan theocracy where he
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This note was uploaded on 05/11/2008 for the course ENGL 168 taught by Professor Aberle,danielle during the Spring '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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