The Crucible Reverend Hale Character Analysis

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Everyday people undergo change all over the world. In Arthur Miller’s play,” The Crucible”, Reverend Hale of Beverly appears in Salem in 1692. Throughout the course of the play, Reverend Hale goes from a stern, religious figure devoted to the destruction of evil, to somewhat doubting the accusers to leaving the church and asking innocent people to lie for the efforts in order to save themselves. Since Reverend Jonathan Hale is motivated by the administering of justice as well as the true nature of the legal proceedings, his decision to quit the court in Salem creates guilt and responsibility for the deaths of innocent people. When Hale first went to Salem he was motivated to get to the bottom of the ‘witchcraft’ that was going on. Hale visited Proctor’s home saying, “I thought, sir , to put some questions as to the Christian character of this house, if you’ll…show more content…
Hale has known to be the best witch-hunter, and he's psyched to finally get a chance to show what he got. Although he's probably a little full of himself, his main goal is to courageously fight the Devil. In Act 2, we see that Hale's confidence is slowly crumbling. This is shown when he shows up at Proctor's house. He's there, trying to get an idea of who the Proctors are for himself, without the court knowing. This action is a huge hint that he's probably already beginning to doubt the validity of his own conclusions. When John Proctor gets convicted in Act 3 caused by Abigail's clear schemes, Hale's confidence is completely broken. He quits the court and storms out in anger as I’ve stated in the third paragraph. The transition from overconfidence to failure is already a big trip, but then suddenly Hale shows up hoping to save some lives. He councils convicted witches to confess so that they won't be hanged and for the innocent people who were accused to lie. He's lost all his faith in the law and
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