By observing the actions of Hale and those around him, one is able to observe many thematic lessons. Hales search for truth lead him into scenarios that would change his character, none more powerfully than his signing away the life of accused witches. In The Crucible Reverend John Hale is depicted as a young minister from the town of Beverly, who is an expert in the field of witchcraft. The young minister sought to destroy such demonic arts through God’s name. Hale is appointed to diagnose those afflicted with witchcraft believing he might save souls by doing such.
John Proctor, Reverend Samuel Parris, and Judge Danforth are all characters obsessed with maintaining a good reputation in the eyes of Puritan society. John Proctor is seen as an exemplary human being in the eyes of the Puritans. When his wife, Elizabeth Proctor, is accused of witchcraft he rushes to the courts in an attempt to prove her innocence. However, in order to do that he needs to admit to an affair he had with the reverend’s niece, Abigail, who made up the lie that sent Elizabeth to jail. Proctor is unwilling to admit to adultery
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.
From a man who came to Salem revelling in the fact that his hard won expertise would be put to good use, to a man struggling with his conscience and nearly openly proclaiming the witch trials falsity, Hale changed into a different man over the course of the book. His change would seem like common sense now; no one would believe that witches were enchanting girls and torturing them. However, the extremity of the religion at this time affected how long the false claims were believed. His realization was, for the time, progressive. Arthur Miller did a good job of portraying the Salem Witch Trials in The Crucible.
As the play proceeds, Proctor and Hale find themselves and follow their own moral values. Their devotion to their own code of ethics supersedes their loyalty to the community. In the beginning of the play, Proctor and Hale have contrasting views of the witchcraft occurring in the town. Proctor is skeptical when he first hears of it, “I come to see what mischief your uncle’s brewin’ now.”(22) He says this to Abigail, his former servant whom he had an affair with. Abigail has just informed Proctor as to the witchcraft and Proctor is quick to make a joke of it.
When hale arrives in salem, he believes the girls and what they are saying about witchcraft and the people they are accusing. As the play progress and people confess he starts to notice that what people are saying and accusing people of is not true but just getting to people they do not like. Lastly, At the end of act 3, Hale quits the court. Hale quit the court because he knew that a lot of innocent people were getting killed for not confessing to a crime they did not
You loved me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, You love me yet! John, pity me, Pity me!”(1099). This means she thought John loved her which led her to be angry and to start blaming people to be witches because she wants to be pitied. This point seems convincing enough for John to be blamed but Abigail is the one who makes up the fake story and admits to doing witchcraft but later on saying she was saved and started to blame the others who had nothing to do with the situation.This is why Abigail Williams is most responsible for the uncontrollable witchcraft situation in
It’s backed up by the science of magic which helped by the advance of science of urban centres from the declined belief in witchcraft in the 18th century. Meaning witches used science and medicine to heal people (Cheung 539). Lastly, a witch has appeared in cases of the Bible. In 1 Samuel 28, King Saul dreaded the battle outcomes and decided to summon Witch of Endor to raise ghost of prophet Samuel to help him (Cheung 540). Generally speaking, witches are extremely popular and are no surprise that they are involved in today’s
Secondly, their prophecies about his security were playing a vital role in Macbeth’s death. Thirdly, Macbeth thought that he would be happy someday because of the Witches’ wrong predictions. The Weird Sisters gave rise to Macbeth’s collapse by first reviving his sleeping desires to be king, also by deceiving him to feel safe and finally, by giving
Reverend Dimmesdale suffers a greater punishment than Hester by experiencing recurring guilt, physical harm, and Chillingworth’s obsessive need to achieve revenge. As a devout Puritan minister, Dimmesdale preaches against sin. Yet, Dimmesdale contradicts his preaching and has an affair with Hester, a married woman. The novel begins with Hester standing on a scaffold for public shaming. The Puritans use Hester as an example of what will happen if one commits adultery.
It broke him to know that he was at fault for 19 innocent deaths. This experience changes him from being a confident man, who believed in the law and the witch trials to a humble and hurt man. At the beginning of the story Hale was overly confident. Parris reached out to him to come to Salem and hunt witches. Hale felt pride because he was called publically.
A reputable minister and expert in diagnosing witchcraft, Reverend John Hale has good intentions and sincere desire in devoting himself to his faith and work. However, Hale’s faith and work waver as he realizes that the girls have manipulated his own beliefs, realizing that he is sending innocent people to their death.
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.
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
Whenever you have the odds on your side, are you confident or sure of yourself? That’s the case with Reverend Hale, he just so happens to be the most courageous. He traveled from Beverly to help the town of Salem rid the talk of witchcraft The confidence of Beverly’s own Reverend Hale is outstanding, he arrived to Salem with the utmost confidence. He also arrived with books on how to stop witchcraft, he was prepared and determined to put an end to the hysteria around Salem. Once he got settled he asked for help to carry his books, Reverend Parris decided to help, in response he told Hale the books were heavy; Hale responded arrogantly “The must be They are weighed with authority”(Miller.1.712).