Reverend Hale

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Reverend Hale’s Metamorphosis In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, it is clear that Reverend John Hale of Beverly is the character that undergoes the most dramatic transformation and is a perfect example of how a well-respected, strong willed man can be changed due to deceit and lies. His reputation and control in the play moves between two extremes as the events continue- shifting from confident accuser to helper of the accused. Hale’s arrival during Act I in Salem depicts him as character full of confidence and eager to utilize his knowledge of witchcraft and he is clear of his intentions. “This is a beloved errand for him; on being called here to ascertain witchcraft he felt the pride of one specialist whose unique knowledge has at…show more content…
I – I have indeed. [It is his own suspicion, but he resists it. He glances at Elizabeth, then at John]”. His stutter suggests that he is reluctant to reply to Proctor but ultimately he agrees. This quote reveals to us that Hale is questioning the confessions of the girls for the first time. During this period we see Hale’s belief in the girl’s story beginning to change as he begins to support Proctor. Hale’s loss of control is also demonstrated in Act II through his lack of knowledge on the current situation. When Cheever stated that Elizabeth has been charged, Hale had no awareness of this accusation and has to ask Cheever “When were she charged?” unlike the beginning of the play when everyone asked Hale questions. Rebecca’s charge also surprises Hale which once again proves that he is no longer in control of the situation like he was at the beginning. Hale further questions the actions of the court and the genuineness of the accusations here as he cannot believe that such supposedly innocent and holy people are being accused. Hale’s actions are very indefinite and he speaks “in great uncertainty” which reflects his loss of control and completely contrasts the manner in which he spoke towards the beginning of the play. His “uncertainty” is further proof of him beginning to question the justice of the events and his beliefs. Once again, we see Hale’s lack of control and loss of reputation in Act III. During the court processions

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