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When a conflict arises many people stand back and watch as their beliefs are trampled on but sometimes one person will stand up and die for what they believe and inspire all those with similar beliefs Of the many people who died in the Salem witch trials one man stands out as a true martyr who died in the pursuit of justice and whose actions served as a model for all the people in Salem In The Crucible Arthur Miller portrayed the character of Giles Corey as a martyr through his strong convictions honesty concern for justice and his willingness to die for these causes Giles Corey a man of strong beliefs refused to give the authorities the lie they demanded therefore he died a martyr Unlike many of the people of Salem Giles Corey held fast to his strong convictions When he believed something was wrong he refused to sit and passively accept the injustice but instead notified the authorities and demanded a fair trial When his wife was being wrongly accused of witchcraft Giles stood up for her yelling in court Youre hearing lies lies 84 Giles is clearly concerned with the truth and frequently pleads with the court to reject the girls statements and understand that they were telling lies about his wife 85 Again he pursues justice when he urges the court to hear Mary Warren confess that she and the other girls had lied He introduces her by stating she comes now to tell the truth 88 Giles Corey demonstrates his strong beliefs through his preoccupation with truth and justice in the witch trials Not only was Giles Corey adamant about justice and other peoples truthfulness in the court but also he showed that he was an honest man and therefore refused to give an untruthful confession When Proctor was accused of plowing on Sunday Giles reminded the court that there were other Christians that do plow on Sunday if
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