September 30, 2011
AP Language and Composition
Power of Control
Men of high stature and prestige with intimidating power have always been in control of many aspects in a society. Deputy Danforth and Reverend Hale were considered to be “godly” men with power and control who followed the scriptures of their God. While attempting to be an example of a holy Christian, they became corrupt in their actions and went against biblical law to enhance their own lives. Deputy Danforth and Reverend Hale begin their oppositions towards one another when Reverend Hale experiences an epiphany of his actions, and Danforth remains condemning innocent people. In The Crucible, Arthur Miller uses rhetoric strategies to juxtapose Deputy Danforth and Reverend Hale’s contradicting characteristics. Danforth’s determination to the delusive condemnation of the citizens of Salem opposes Reverend Hale’s epiphany to the hangings and murders of the immaculate men and women of Salem.
Deputy Danforth hangs many individuals of Salem as the Witch Trials go on. Danforth denies any wrong in his faults and continues to blame others through his blind obstinacy. Danforth’s obstinacy is demonstrated by way of irony when he states, “I will not receive a single plea for pardon or postponement. […] Postponement now speaks a floundering on my part” (Miller 1324). Ironically, Danforth’s view of postponement and judgment goes against biblical law of “… judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6:37). While Danforth believes that postponement shows weakness in his part and whoever cries for those who are hanged cry for corruption, ironically postponement shows forgiveness and mercy, an important Christian principle that Danforth lacks throughout the play. Deputy Danforth and Reverend Hale had the same objective – to get rid of the witches in Salem and all extensions of the Devil...
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