The Crucible

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Danforth's Speech about Confessions


Now hear me, and beguile yourselves no more. I will not receive a single plea for pardon or postponement. Them that will not confess will hang. Twelve are already executed; the names of these seven are given out, and the village expects to see them die this morning. Postponement now speaks a floundering on my part; reprieve or pardon must cast doubt upon the guilt of them that died till now.

While I speak God's law, I will not crack its voice with whimpering. If retaliation is your fear, know this - I should hang ten thousand that dared to rise against the law, and an ocean of salt tears could not melt the resolution of the statutes. Now draw yourselves up like men and help me, as you are bound by Heaven to do

In this long speech, which of the following options best demonstrates Danforth's intent?

Please select ALL that apply.


The speech shows that Danforth feels he is tricking people into accepting the executions.


The speech shows that Danforth is not taking the villagers seriously.


The speech shows that he does have sympathy for those he executes.


The speech is a plea for others to follow his lead with the executions.


The speech sets a clear path forward: either a person confesses or he or she dies.