The Crucible: Reverend Hale's Metamorphosis Essay

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All of a sudden there was a witch outbreak in Salem Massachusetts. The following day the girls were found in bed inert. The doctor attempted to figure out the sickness the girls could have. However, he could not give the sickness any name. Then Reverend Hale was called in to help the town cure its unnatural problem. Throughout the play Reverend Hale contributed to both sides of the arguments. At the beginning he believed the court was doing God’s job. Towards the end his character changes and is less in favor of the court and more in favor for the people being wrongly accused. Reverend Hale’s is seen to be independent, confident and outspoken. These traits end up changing towards the end of the play. Reverend Hale is a dynamic character…show more content…
“They must be; they are weighted with authority” (Miller36) Reverend Hale makes a conclusion that Betty’s sickness is unnatural. Later he hears that other family’s children are in a similar state as Betty. Reverend Hale understands he is dealing with a sort of witchcraft. Many of the girls are in danger of this witchcraft he assumes and proceeds to come to different conclusions. ”I cannot tell. If she is truly in the Devil’s grip we may have to rip and tear to get her free” (Miller39) Then soon after when the girls awaken they proceed to make different accusations. Everyone accused by the girls is brought to court and charged with being a witch. Some confess to being a witch which contributes to the hysteria. Towards the middle of the play more accusations keep appearing. Well respected and known towns people begin being accused of being a witch. Most towns’ people are now in disbelief because such accusations should not be. “Believe me, Mr. Nurse, if Rebecca Nurse be tainted, then nothing’s left to stop the whole world from burning. Let you rest upon the justice of the court; the court will send her home, I know it.” (Miller71) The towns’ people accused now are too well known and well respected to be witches. He begins lose faith in the court as the court proceeds to accuse more people. Most of the accusations made absurd. Reverend Hale himself cannot believe that such well respected towns’ people could be

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