The Crucible Giles Corey Character Analysis

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The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller regarding Salem Witchcraft Trials. The play takes place in Salem, Massachusetts during 1692. To summarize the play, Abigail, Betty, and other girls are seen running around the forest naked by Reverend Parris. Soon girls fear accusations of being witches and start blaming innocent people of Salem in order to get out of trouble. Giles Corey is one of the characters in the play, who is in early eighties at the time. Giles is constantly blamed for almost everything in the town and goes to court from time to time. Even though Giles Corey is not the main character in the play, actions of Giles give other characters in the play a hope. Giles Corey’s role in the play is to give other characters in the…show more content…
Giles Corey was imprisoned for contempt of the court and later charged with being involved in witchcraft. Unlike others Giles was not hanged since he did not agree or deny charges of witchcraft. “He would not answer aye of nay to his indictment, for if he denied the charge they’d hang him surely, and auction out his property “(Miller 135). Giles was pressed with rocks until he accepted the charges; however Giles stayed mute and died when his chest could not bear anymore weight of the rocks. Giles denies charges in order to pass down his land to his son and takes painful death. Giles Corey is a brave man for making a courageous example for other characters and also showing how far Giles is willing to go for…show more content…
Giles Corey is willing to go as far as to give up his life in order to keep his land from being auctioned off. Other characters in the play are being blamed of being witches even though they are innocent and once accused they have to confess in order to not be hanged. Giles Corey sets an example for others and lets other know that they do not have to falsely confess to crimes they did not commit. Giles also stands up to Judge Danforth and does not reveal identity of the informer. Overall, Giles Corey is a brave man that sets an example for other innocent accused character in the novel and gives them a

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