Essay on How Miller Uses Reverend Hale in The Crucible

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How Miller Uses Reverend Hale in The Crucible Arthur Miller describes Reverend Hale as nearing forty, a tight-skinned, eager-eyed intellectual. An intellectual is usually thought of as someone with his head in the clouds, who spends so much time thinking great thoughts that he's inept in the real world of human emotions. There is some truth in this image of John Hale. He knows a lot about witchcraft; but he knows almost nothing about the people of Salem or the contention that is wracking the town. How pompous and arrogant he must sound when he says, “Have no fear now--we shall find [the Devil] out if he has come among us, and I mean to crush him utterly if he has shown his face!” And yet he has every reason to be confident. To…show more content…
Hale. All those years of dedicated, loving study made worthless by a band of hysterical and not-at-all innocent girls. Made worse than worthless--his learning ends up sending nineteen people to the gallows. And worst of all, he is helpless to stop it, having started it in the first place. Is there evil in this man? Perhaps. According to Christian doctrine, one of the seven deadly (or damnable) sins is pride. In a way it's the worst one, because it was pride that made the devil rebel against God. And Reverend Hale, when he first appears, feels the pride of the specialist whose unique knowledge has at last been publicly called for. Reverend Hale unquestionably resembles that of the fictional character Dr. Victor Frankenstein due to both of the character’s quests for something too idealistic and complex to possibly accomplish. Though the tone, style, and plot are of two completely different concepts, further investigation reveals that two of the main characters in each book are extremely similar. Through this common link, each man’s journey is going to begin as a romantic modification in the society that surrounds them and change into a disastrous incident where death will awaken these noble pioneers. Each man sets out completely naïve, and attempts to change the world in some drastic way or another. Although humans have the tendency to set idealistic goals to
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