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Explain Danforth's predicament. How is he motivated to get John Proctor to confess?


I assume you are talking about what happens in Act IV, here -- where Danforth wants Proctor and others to confess.  He says that anyone that does not confess will hang.

Danforth's problem is that now the people who are in prison are people who are well respected in the community.  They are people who are looked up to.  If they get hung without confessing, people might start to rebel against Danforth and the trials.

So Danforth wants Proctor to confess so that he (Danforth) and the court do not look bad.

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