Reverend Hale In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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The Salem witch trials that were held in 1692 inspired author Arthur Miller to write The Crucible. Dozens were accused of witchcraft only to save the hide of another towns member. Men from out of town were called in to put the accusations at rest. This did not work. The Proctors, most well known name in the town, were arrested and punished accordingly. Rebecca Nurse, well respected, hanged because she refused to admit to a crime she did not commit. Reverend Hale, the one person who had a chance at finding the truth through all of the madness, was the only person who stayed true to himself. He stayed true through the trials, never assumed witchcraft, and pleaded with the court to see the truth.
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He came into Salem laden with books that had the potential to help rid Salem of the Devil. He was of high authority and assumed that because of his rank he was above all else and he held all holy answers. As soon as he stepped foot into Salem, everyone handed him power on a silver platter. He was looked at as God’s personal servant and that went to his head very quickly. From the beginning, however, Hale never assumed anything. He only looked for clues that could lead to potential answers, whether that be witches or not. “We cannot look to superstition in this. The Devil is precise.” (1,988-990). Though he is precise he is very evident in this small Puritan town, causing chaos in every corner. “... I shall not proceed unless you are prepared to believe me if I should find no mark of Hell upon her” (1.992-994). Hale here is saying that his Holy power may have to be enough answer for the people of the town. Only when the young girls of Salem began to go wild with their lie did Hale start to think that it was possible that he was wrong. He never realized that such a thing was possible, given how close he believed he was to God. So Hale went to court and talked with the accused, trying his best to ask for their confessions. Though he knew it was a lie, he knew it would be the best for everyone in the

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