: Danforth plays the most merciless character in the play. He is the governor of the court and sees himself as better than everyone else. He doesn't like people questioning what he does and he thinks that the law should be followed to the exact.
Danforth dominates everyone who enters his courtroom. Everyone with the exception of Abigail Williams because of His inability to comprehend the girl's wickedness this provides one of the amusing aspects of this charictor. although he likes to accuse others he semms to be unable to with miss williams because of her beutiful. During the trial, John Proctor announces that he and Abigail were having an affair. Proctor further establishes that Abigail wants Elizabeth dead so that she can become his new bride. in Act Four, when it becomes clear that the allegations of witchcraft are completely false, Danforth refuses to see the truth. He hangs innocent people to avoid sullying his reputation.


  • Least Admirable
  • Unmerciful
  • Inconsiderate
  • Superior


"Do you know who I am, Mr Nurse" - Danforth to Nurse

"Near to four hundred are in the jails from Marblehead to Lynn, and upon my signature...and seventy-two condemned to hang by that signature" - Danford in Act 3

In the whole of Act 4 Danforth speaks as he has all power, he does not ask people, he tells them.

In the stage directions, Miller states that Danforth asks, "You deny every scrap and tittle of this?" In response, Abigail hisses, "If I must answer that, I will leave and I will not come back again." Miller then states in the stage directions that Danforth "seems unsteady." The old Judge is unable to speak, and the young Abigail seems more in control of the courtroom than anyone else.

Actions: If he does not get what he wants he will take it out on everyone else. He is more powerful than anyone in the town so he can inforce anything he really wants.

Obstacles: The law and the people of the town who are argue with him stop the Governer gettintg what he wants, expecially when they make a case of it and have poitision etc

Conflicts: Being the head of the court, they face alot of conflicts and they work around law and people doing the right and wrong thing.

Motivations: His motivation is to have a good town and have the bible and law inforced so that nothing goes wrong.