How Does Hale Change In The Crucible

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Often in literature, a character’s relationship with another person or group changes. In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, there is one change that is significant to the plot. In a small town, Salem, all of the townspeople believe that there are witches among them. Terrified, as well as paranoid, a court comes to Salem and starts weaving through everyone in the town convicting the good and the bad people. Reverend Hale was on the court until he realized that the system he believed to be fair and just was anything but. Just arriving in Salem, Rev. Hale is already the center of everyone’s attention; he was going to be the hero who finds the witch and brings back the holiness of the town. Hale was determined to find the truth and felt that he had to know everything about a person before they were convicted. When talking to John and Elizabeth Proctor, he mentions,” … I find it hard to draw a clear opinion of them that come accused before the court.” (Miller 63). He says this to assure the Proctor’s that he is getting to know everyone in Salem as this would ensure that he is being fair in his decisions. Judge Danforth, however, did not do this; therefore he has no idea what anyone is like around him. …show more content…

Everyone in Salem was shocked because these three were the kindest women in the entire town; they believed this to be so true that they all signed a document that stated that they believed in the goodness in the lady’s hearts. Hale suggested that Proctor gets a lawyer that would be able to present the document to the court in the correct way; however, Parris believed that it was an attack upon the court and Danforth believed that a lawyer automatically makes someone guilty. Reverend Hale responded with, “Is every defense an attack upon the court?” (Miller 94). Hale sees Parris’s immediate retort to any evidence is that it is only presented with bad

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