Character Analysis Of Reverend Hale In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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In The Crucible, Arthur Miller depicts many themes of early puritan life set in Salam Massachusetts in the late 1600s. One such theme represented in this play is the bibliocentric nature of many who lived during this period. The character who most reflects a bibliocentric nature, that of placing great or central importance on printed texts, is reverend Hale. Hale’s bibliocentric characteristics transform over the course the Crucible. Initially, Hale relies heavily on his books and scholarly texts to develop his views and judgments. However, as Hale is exposed to the true nature of the witch trials occurring in Salem he comes to realize that he needed to rely on his own judgment and instincts instead of the writings of others.

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After returning to Salem after an extended absence, and knowing that these absurd actions should never have happened in the first place Hale, states, “Let you not mistake your duty as I mistook my own. I came into this village like a bridegroom to his beloved, bearing gifts of high religion; the very crowns of holy law I brought, and what I touched with my great faith, blood flowed up.” at this point hale has completely transformed from his reliance on strict biblical interpretations to relying on his own conscience and experiences, even faulting his reliance on these texts n the process. As Hale entered the play in the beginning his reputation, judgments, and personal confidence were all based on close study of the bible and other scholarly works. Over the course of the difficult and emotional events that he witnessed, Hale began to realize that answers to many of life's most difficult questions cannot be found in a black and white text. In this way we saw Hale transform from a strict bibliocentric person into a man who sought to understand circumstances, feelings, and potential consequences as a source for answers to life’s

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