Character Analysis Of Hale In The Crucible

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Undercovering Reverend Hale
The truth is a puzzle, never knowing where the pieces go and honestly, hard to put together. In Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible,” Reverend Hale is placed in Salem to investigate the witch trial accusations; but fails in his attempts and ends up with more blood on his hands then intended. Since his arrival, Hale has devoted everything to helping the people of Salem. However, when a plethora of false accusations start to unravel the village he is left with the realization that his role in the events were not justified and questions his own morals and abilities to distinguish a witch. Unable to handle this fallibility, Hale solely focuses on reversing his hasty charges and saving the lives of those accused .
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As he approached the couple his questioning wasn't gathered with blame, but genuinely curious of their place in Salem, and their part in the witch trials “Aye. But the Devil is a wily one, you cannot deny it. However, she is far from accused, and I know she will not be. I thought, sir, to put some questions as to the Christian character of this house, if you’ll permit me” (Miller 64). Hale begins to get a feel for the Proctors, as he goes on to deny the accusation that are thrown upon Elizabeth “What signifies a poppet, Mr.Cheever?”. Reverend Hale starts questioning the courts and himself as he is thrown from the absent amount of proof for the allegations.
Notably, Hale begins to realize that his authority and judgments over the trial were inaccurate, and devotes everything to making the deaths of innocent people right. Uncovering false evidence urges the Reverend to try and reverse the wrongful actions Salem is now growing accustomed to. Hale striving for justice starts to question the judges and court system in Salem to stop the demise of faultless people, but fails to condemn the court, “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” (Miller 99). Appalled by the courts oblvious actions Hale proceeds to step back from his duty
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