Compare and Contrast of Parris and Hale in "The Crucible" Essay

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Samuel Parris and John Hale are the two ministers in The Crucible and were initially alike in their attitudes towards witchcraft. However, their personalities show some striking dissimilarities. Unlike Hale, Reverend Parris is characterized by extreme paranoia and egotism. He is very static- his traits and motives remain consistent from the beginning to the end of the play. Although a religious man and believer in witchcraft like Parris, Hale values human life and is motivated by personal beliefs and his sense of morality, disregarding his best interests. He is a very dynamic character, becoming progressively less confident and trusting of law and doctrine as his faith is tested throughout the ordeal. Parris is dogmatic, intolerant of…show more content…
Parris's greed comes from his belief that he is better than the townspeople since he is a Harvard graduate. Moreover, Parris believes that the townspeople do not respect his position as minister, and are plotting against him. His attitude toward others is also relative to their power. He is rude and insulting to those below him, like Tituba, yet reveres those in power, such as Putnam and Danforth. When the play begins John Hale is much like Reverend Parris- he is naïve and controlled by the dogmas of the church, but unlike Parris, he truly believes that what he is doing is right while Parris's intentions were never pure. When he first enters the play, he is the force behind the witch trials- probing for confessions and encouraging people to testify. As the play continues, however, he experiences a transformation, making him one of the most dynamic characters in the play. He begins to empathize and has independent revelations regarding the nature of the trials after listening to John Proctor and Mary Warren. At this point, he becomes convinced that the accused are truthful, and his approach towards Abigail is one of increasing suspicion. Although Hale attempts to prove that Proctor is telling the truth, the trials are no longer in his hands, but rather in those of Danforth, who has no interest in seeing its proceedings exposed as a

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