Proctor and Hale, are similar because they both see the genuine motivations behind the accusations and struggle to defend the people being harmed. Despite these similarities, they also have major differences in their nature; since they have contrasting levels of devotion to Puritanism and to the moral principles they live by. Reverend Hale and John Proctor are both similar because they discover the malicious intentions of the accusations, and tries to avert further damage dealt by these false accusations. When John first hears about the trials, he doubts the legitimacy of the court proceedings. He even considers going to Salem to persuade the Deputy Governor from convicting innocent people.
He places his reputation above all else, contrasting Proctor, who only maintains his reputation to protect his family and friends reputation. Parris, in the very beginning of the play, demonstrates his concern I have fought here three long years to bend stiff-necked people to me, and now, just now when some good respect is rising…” (Miller 11). Even when there is possible witchcraft is occuring, he could care less. He is only concerned with his reputation. This reveals his view on morals, choosing the easier wrong over the harder right.
Of which he is striving for justice. Once he realizes that Abigail is a fraud, Hale devotes himself to attempt to persuade the other prisoners to confess so that they may avoid execution. Reverend Hale, a character from the 16th century, has several qualities and experiences that can be associated with the 21st century. " David
In The Crucible, Reverend Hale plays a shrew character who later reveals that he is willing to sacrifice his own reputation for what is right. To start, abigail is not being honest about accusing people of being witches. Second, john proctor was trying to be honest even though his reputation was on the line. And third, reverend hale was a higher
In The Crucible, John Proctor the protagonist, becomes a victim of the witch trials when his wife Elizabeth, is accused of witchcraft. In order to free his wife, Proctor must convince Judge Danforth of his wife’s innocence. Judge Danforth does not sign condemnations lightly and takes meticulous inspection of his cases to determine the guilty party. He is also a highly religious man who takes matters between God and men seriously. It is because of Danforth’s dedication to the law and God that Proctor utilizes ethos, logos, and pathos to persuade him.
His eagerness to find the truth, yet not get caught in the mob set him apart from the other judges. He is the first in the court to question their justice, and inevitably loses all former weight he held in the court, mainly due to his own exodus. With this the voice of reason in the novel is also crushed, leaving only false accusations and hysteria. The day John Proctor is scheduled to hang, Mary Warrens deposition, and his first arrival in Salem all shaped him into the desperate character the reader witnesses and sympathizes with at the end of The Crucible by Arthur
Character Analysis Essay (Rough Draft) In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, John Proctor, a strong, steadfast farmer, is a model example of a tragic hero. John is initially made out to be a character that has committed the sin of adultery, and struggles to re-establish his trustworthiness in himself and with his wife. He believes his affair with Abigail, one of the play’s main characters, irreparably damaged him in the eyes of God. Although Proctor does succumb to sin, he greatly lacks the ability to forgive himself, but as The Crucible progresses, a great transition occurs in John Proctor, which allows the audience to feel sympathy towards him. Proctor is evidently a tragic hero as a result of his relentless crusade to free his
The Crucible is written by Arthur Miller, and it is a religious play of revenge, hatred, jealousy and witchcraft. This play takes place in a town called Salem, where people are very sensitive to sin and applaud death as an accurate punishment based on the amount of sins one person contains. By applying the psychological lens to the two characters Abigail and Elizabeth, differences of personality take more value than similarities. Causing opposite effects to the people around them, where one harms and other helps. Both are able to achieve the love of John Proctor through their own ways.
The most notable martyr, though, is John Proctor. Throughout The Crucible we witness Proctor’s personality and character change for the better because he chooses to follow his core beliefs. Proctor is put in a very difficult situation. He is accused of practicing witchcraft, and though the evidence given was false, he has to choose one of two options- admit to practicing witchcraft or fight for his beliefs and keep his reputation from being tainted. Proctor chooses the second option as he believes that is right thing to do.
His situation value of greed shows a positive change in his character development as the play progressed. Another example of situational values making a change for the better is through Revered John Hale and his regret in his initial decisions. He comes to Salem as a partisan of Christianity and sets the hysteria in motion; starting to question all of the residents and their ways of life. He serves as the catalyst of the conflicts surrounding witchcraft in Salem, however his values change as his trepidation grows. Hale enters Salem with confidence in his expertise in witchcraft to examine Betty, Reverend Parris’s daughter.
This can be seen in The Crucible when Hale attempts to convince the accused to confess to their crimes in order to save their lives even if they are wrongly accused. Hale says to Elizabeth Proctor “Goody Proctor, your husband is marked to hang this morning.” (The Crucible, Act IV, Miller, 131) when he initiates his attempt to convince Mrs. Proctor to influence John Proctor to confess. Hale has become frustrated with the court system and is now attempting to convince all of the accused to confess to a crime they didn’t do in order to save all of their lives. Another parallel between the incidents dramatized in The Crucible and the acts during the 1950’s due to McCarthyism is that in both instances, the community was extremely religion based. The Crucible was focused on Puritanism while the acts of McCarthyism were focused on Communism.
Throughout the play, Reverend Hale serves as the voice of reason in the trials. Hale is well educated and respected, and is initially brought in from Beverly to determine the cause of Betty’s ailment that keeps her inanimate in her bed. He directs his focus to seeking out the presence of the Devil in Salem, and then to cleansing the village. However, when Hale realizes that the Girls were manipulating the trials for their own gain, he seeks instead to undo the actions of the court in the name of truth. Miller develops Hale as a character who is willing to sacrifice what might be moral in the name of truth as a means to show how
In The Crucible Thomas Putnam’s main motivations are greed and selfishness. He shows this throughout the book, by accusing people of witchcraft. Thomas Putnam’s brother in law was prevented from being elected the office of minister. “Thomas Putnam felt that his own name and honor of his family had been smirched by the village, and he meant to right matters however he could” (Miller1221). To right his name and honor from being smirched he accused many
Reverend Hale first appears in The Crucible at the end of the first act. He was sent to Salem to find who the witches were and make sure they got a trial. He has good intentions and will not confirm that anyone is a witch until he has hard evidence that they are one. But he starts to get cocky and he realizes that he is needed and it goes to his head. “Here is all the invisible world, caught, defined, and calculated.
“People show who they are when put through difficult times.” It is true that in difficult situations your true self is shown. In the play, Crucible, Written by Arthur Miller you are shown the true dynamics of certain characters. It shows whether a character is moral or immoral from their doings. Characters John Proctor, Reverend Hale,and Mary Warren are all put into a situation that changes who they are by the end of the play. Main character John Proctor has a drastic change in the play when his wife Elizabeth Proctor is accused of being a witch.