The Crucible Is A Good Villain Essay

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There are a variety of characters in the Crucible, some kind, some disillusioned, some meek, and some ruthless. While some say that there is a clear division between good heroes and bad villains in the play, it is also said that the characters are just people with moments of strength and weakness. I agree that there are no heroes or villains in the play- just individuals with human strengths and weaknesses.

A hero is defined as someone who is selfless and courageous.A hero also follows high principles strictly and has a great sense of morality. It is also likely for a hero to knowing act to risk his/her own life to save someone else. On the contrary, a villain is someone who acts destructive and is quintessentially evil. A villain will
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He is kind to his neighbours and a reliable father figure to his family. However, he had an affair with Abigail Williams and broke his trust with his wife, causing their relationship to be icy and awkward. His strengths are how he sees through Salam’s mass hysteria in the witch hunts, and rationalises the situation by retorting sarcastically “There might also be a dragon with five legs in my house, but no one’s ever seen it.”, how he is not afraid of going against majority to speak what he thinks is morally correct by asking “Is the accuser always holy now?” and how he ultimately sacrifices himself in the end in order not to succumb to the girls’ evil game and to die without…show more content…
Danforth played a major role in the hanging of the witch trial, as he was the one who believed the girls’ one-sided claims and signed off many known Christians to hang. He believes in the girls’ ridiculous accusations even though they are not backed up by solid evidence, “Do you know, Mr Proctor, that the entire contention of the state in these trials is that the voice of heaven is speaking through the children?” However, Danforth was, to some extent, trying to keep his reputation in society as overruling his previous verdicts would show his failure as a judge. Danforth is suspicious -paranoid, even- that anyone who does not confess is trying to challenge the court’s authority, and uses their scepticism as “proof” of them practising witchcraft. “There lurks nowhere in your heart, nor hidden in your spirit, any desire to undermine is court?” Danforth questions Proctor when the latter reasons with him to free Elizabeth Proctor. Danforth was also trying to avoid carrying responsibility for any injustice in the trial by refusing to change his views. Danforth was “a grave man… exact loyalty to his position and his cause.”, who didn’t dare to change his previous rulings in fear that he would expose the court’s weakness and be blamed for the hangings. Danforth was extremely stubborn and misinformed, but he did not have any other choice except to keep trusting the girls’
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