The Crucible By John Hale

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English: Crucible Essay Reverend Hale Mr. Hale is a man nearing forty, a tight-skinned, eager-eyed intellectual. He is a minister from Beverly who has been summoned to Salem by Reverend Parris to investigate his daughter Betty and whether or not there really is witchcraft in Salem. If he finds there to be witchcraft he would then exterminate it by any means necessary, such as conversion or removing the infected inhabitants all together. Hale devotes himself to his faith and his work. His good intentions and sincere desire to help the afflicted motivate him, and when he gets to Salem he wants nothing more than to get to the bottom of this situation and come out the hero. Unfortunately, this also makes him vulnerable. His desire for discovering witchcraft allows others, particularly Abigail, to manipulate him. Nonetheless, Hale 's perspective does not stay constant throughout the entire play. In The Crucible, the beliefs and principles of Reverend John Hale change dramatically, as the events of the Salem Witch Trials cause him to question his moral values and initial intentions. In the beginning of the book, before the Salem Witch Trials even occurred, Reverend Hale arrives in Salem with a concrete commitment to authority. He comes to Salem with a determined objective to investigate the situation and to use his expertise in witchcraft to aid the people of Salem in their bedlam. He is not only considered an expert in witchcraft, but he also considers himself an expert in
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