The Crucible John Hale Character

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The Crucible A writer may use ways of showing the audience what a character’s personality is like. These may include the following: giving the character’s own words, describing how the character looks, telling what people say or think about the character, and showing how people behave toward the character. Show how these items are used in the development of John Hale.
The character John Hale develops more than any other character throughout the play, The Crucible. Arthur Miller, the author of The Crucible, uses many different tactics to show the personality of John Hale and how he changes throughout the story. John Hale’s personality is mainly shown by the author’s use of his Hale’s own words, what people say and think about Hale, and how …show more content…

If the accused confess to practicing witchcraft, they will be freed; if they do not confess, they will be hanged. As the trials continue, the list of accused people lengthens. The more people accused of witchcraft, the more John Hale sees that things are getting out of hand. When John Proctor is accused of lying about his affair, John Hale comes to his defense, stating his belief in Proctor and his distrust toward Abigail. This shows that Hale is not only focused on punishing those accused of witchcraft and defeating evil in Salem at any cost. He begins to see that not everyone who is being condemned is truly …show more content…

John Proctor and Francis Nurse compile a list of ninety-one people claiming their good opinion of the women. When Proctor and Nurse present the papers to Danforth and Parris, Parris suggests everyone who signed the papers be questioned and called them an attack on the court. Trying to defend Proctor and Nurse, Hale says, “Is every defense an attack upon the court”(The Crucible pg 181)? After this incident, Hale is suspicious of the authorities. He has seen innocent people condemned, such as Giles Corey and John Proctor, with no evidence to prove their guilt. Hale says to Danforth, “Excellency, I have signed seventy-two death warrants; I am a minister of the Lord, and I dare not take a life without there be a proof so immaculate no slightest qualm of conscience may doubt it” (The Crucible pg 184). At this point in the play, John Hale has a new perspective on the situation occurring in Salem. He realizes by starting the witch trials, he encouraged the accusation and death of innocent people. Hale feels guilty for the lives he ended and begins his new mission of saving

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