The Reverend’s Loss. In a spiritual-judicial endeavor, a priest loses his sense of self, his piety, and his sanity. In ‘The Crucible By Arthur Miller’, when Reverend Hale first stepped into the light, he was very pious and very confident in his mission to eradicate witchcraft in Salem. Though as the play progresses Hale’s demeanor changes, communicating a sort of despair in the way he carries himself. Throughout The Crucible, during the Salem Witch Trials, Reverend Hale slowly changes from a ‘confident man with a plan’, to a haggard preacher who seems to be losing himself amongst the chaos of these colonial trials based off of lies.
Hale’s opinion during the beginning half of his time in Salem was that there were in facts witches loose in Salem, and anyone could be a suspect. This conclusion was proven wrong. One way this was demonstrated is when Abigail blames Elizabeth Proctor for putting a needle in her side. Mary Warren told Hale that she put the needle there and Abigail saw her do it. Once he realises the girls had been lying his opinion becomes the truth, which is proven as truth as the play finishes.
John says to Elizabeth, “ I have been thinking I would confess to them, Elizabeth” (Miller 135). This quotes shows that although John does not want to be hung, but he has a hard time evening thinking about confessing. The more John thinks about it he signs his name and admits to witchcraft, but after realizing what he has done he rips the paper up and goes to the wagon to get hung. This all shows how the fear of death almost over powered him and he almost lost his reputation that he was very proud of and wanted to keep. In the The Crucible, John Proctor’s motivation shifts from fear to redemption, which causes him to be accused of witchcraft.
Reverend Parris was in a position of power as the town 's spiritual leader, but he was insecure about his authority. He was willing to say and do whatever it takes to retain control. He was obsessed with maintaining his power because he wasn’t brave enough. We knew that Parris was consistently preaching hellfire before the incident of the girls practicing witchcraft in the forest. He demanded more money and acted as if he deserved more.
Many died from those trials and it was a great tragedy that left the community damaged. The idea of witches stemmed from religious folks believing that the Devil could give certain people, known as witches, the power to harm others in return for their loyalty (Smithsonian). Due to the popularity of religion and supernatural beliefs, many people believed that the source of evil was the Devil. This idea appeared in Europe as early as the 14th century and it was quite popular in New England colonies. Villagers often blamed unfortunate things upon the Devil and other spectral sources of evil due to their lack of knowledge.
However, no one actually knows the truth of what happened in the village of Salem during the trials except for the people who were actually involved. The Salem Witch Trials were such a terrible moment in history for the people of Salem, Massachusetts they eventually decided to rename the area to Danvers in hopes to forget what all occurred in that small village. In the end, the Salem Witch Trials could be considered a very lurid moment of history due to the fact that the villagers in that town went so far into their religious beliefs that they actually went along with the idea that the people they grew up with, the people they married, and even their families were involved in
This first quotation takes place in Act 1 between Abagail Williams and John Proctor at Reverend Hale’s home. Abigail was talking to proctor about what really happened the night her and the others conjured spirits because proctor was going to get Mary warren but she wasn’t there which left them alone together. The quote takes the readers into the past to the affair Abigail had with John Proctor. John is trying to put the affair behind him although he still has feelings for her but Abigail is still very jealous of the life Elizabeth Proctor lives and she begs John to come back to her. This quote is a catalyst because it represents Abigail’s desire for John and foreshadows the length she will go to replace Elizabeth.
Ridicule of the Salem Witch Trials Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, "Young Goodman Brown,” exhibits his deep repulsion for what occurred during the Salem Witch Trials. He possesses the readers with his emotions so they feel the sorrow he feels for the innocent people who were falsely accused of witchcraft and sentenced to death. Hawthorne was personally connected to the Witch Trials because his great-great-grandfather was a judge. Throughout the reading, we see instances where Hawthorne indirectly and directly addresses the Salem Witch Trials in order to ridicule this horrendous occurrence. As a result, this short story is a satire.
But when the play goes on, Reverend Hale starts to change what he belief and does not know who he should trust and became a dynamic character. There are three stages when Reverend Hale changes in the play. The first stage is that is that in the beginning of the play, Reverend Hale is so confidence of himself and he believes that his job is to find out all the witches or people who do witchcraft with his knowledge, books or power. Second stage is that when some of the incidents happened and he started to frustrate on the whole witchcraft trial and do not know who should he trust or find for help. The last stage is about he finally lost his faith to everyone and what he belief because he found out that all these things are not caused by witches but by everyone’s greediness and he is the one who made the whole thing became worse so that he leaves Salem and also all his beliefs.
Reverend Hale also proves a hard worker in doing what he believes is right. Giles Corey can be much similar to Reverend Hale by Giles accidentally speaking bad of his wife. Saying, (“She reads weird books…”) after he said that he realized that she would then be tried for witchery. He tried to defend her, but failed. Sourced from The Crucible.
The girls “twitched, cried, made odd noises, and huddled in corners” and soon started making accusations about who had bewitched them. One of the first accused was Samuel Parris’ own slave, Tituba. It was unheard of for a Reverend to have witchcraft practiced under his own roof, and Parris could not afford to lose his reputation. Samuel stood by his children in court as they testified against the accused, and he even helped them by testifying against Rebecca Nurse. People thought for certain that if the Reverend was standing with the girls against the so called “evil witches” that there must be a real problem.
Reverend John Hale of Beverly was an expert of witchcraft. He was known for revealing the Devil in his many forms and was called in to Salem to to investigate the possibility of witches as well as first and foremost to examine Betty, Parris’s daughter. Hale is introduced into the play in Act 1 after being reluctantly called upon by Parris. Betty is in a trance and Parris is unaware of how to remove her from it and realizes that he needs outside help. When Hale arrives it is with an almost boastful aura and he jumps right into action.