How Does Reverend Hale Change In The Crucible

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Many people in the world change over time—some more than others—due to a change in their environment. The same can be said for the character of Reverend Hale in The Crucible. Hale is mentioned several times throughout the first act of the play as being a reverend from Beverly who recently found witches in his village. It raises alarm when word gets out that Parris has invited him to Salem to make sure his daughter, Betty, is not the victim of witchcraft. Through the analysis of this character, the readers can better understand the extent to which the infamous Salem Witch Trials affected the people involved, whether they lived in the village or not. In Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, the character of Reverend Hale claims to rid the village of all witches, but fails to keep that promise once he realizes that there are, in fact, no witches to be found in Salem.
Reverend Hale is first introduced in the first act of the play, when he arrives in Salem to examine Betty. When Hale first sees the unconscious Betty, he is sure that she has been the victim of witchcraft, and he reassures the villagers that he is determined to find the witches. Shortly after arriving in Salem, Hale explains, “No, no. Now let me instruct you. We cannot look to superstition in this. The Devil is precise; the marks of his presence are definite as stone, and I must tell you all that I shall not proceed unless you are prepared to believe me if I should find no bruise of Hell upon her” (41). A little
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Though this character changes drastically throughout the extent of the play, one consistency is the idea that change can be a good thing, as long as it is embraced rather than
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