The Crucible Reverend Hale Essay

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Reverend John Hale
There are two types of characters in a story, dynamic and static. A dynamic character is one that changes drastically in a story. One dynamic character in The Crucible by Arthur Miller that changes significantly is Reverend John Hale. Reverend Hale is a dynamic character because of the major changes he goes through during the play. In the beginning of the play Mr. Hale wants to find all the witches, and wants them to confess because he thinks they are a sign of the devil. Next, in the middle of the play John Hale begins to change beliefs about witches when John Proctor begins his trial. Lastly, towards the end of The Crucible Reverend Hale realizes that that witchcraft is fake, and he tries to save the accusers. At
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Throughout the play John Hale seems to become more and more unsure of himself. It is like Reverend Hale is being split in two directions and can not decide which is the right path for him to take. He changes his opinion about witchcraft at this time because he knows that John Proctor is a good man and is not a witch.Reverend Hale realizes his job of finding and ridding the world of witches is false.“It is mistaken law that leads you to sacrifice.”(Miller 1301). Next, Reverend Hale realizes that whole thing is getting out of hand and is ridiculous, so he quits the court. Reverend Hale's character changed from believing in witches and saving their souls from the devil to saving their lives from a lie. At some point, he realizes that the church can be used for evil too. The cause of this is from interrogating the people of Salem of witchcraft. At the end of the story John Hale opposes the court one hundred percent. Hale realizes that he was wrong, so he tries to amend his wrong doings by saving the people he condemned."I am not worth the dust on the feet of those who have hanged."(Miller 1345). At the end, Reverend Hale is very happy and holy. John Proctor doesn't seem to fully accept Hale's advice on the confession. This does not mean that Hale did not have a good idea to keep Proctor alive, it means that John Proctor values his pride above his
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