Reverend John Hale In The Crucible

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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. Hale’s primary motivation was to expose the witches in Salem but, unfortunately, all ulterior motives have major consequences that are far beyond that person’s control.

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