The Crucible

Lines 440–454: How might Danforth’s speech reflect Miller’s theme?

Danforth: "No, old man, you have not hurt these people if they are of good conscience. But you must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, this be no road between. This is a sharp time, now, a precise time-we live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world. Now, by God's grace, the shining sun is up, and them that fear not light will surely praise it. I hope you will be one of those. (Mary Warren suddenly sobs.) She’s not hearty, I see.

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Danforth enjoys his power through the witch court. He uses fear to bring people onside of the court. If people are with the court, they enjoy the court's and God's protection. If they are against the court, they will be persecuted and out of God's favour. It is much easier to be on the side of the court.