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The Crucible: Reverend Hale Character Analysis

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Essay title: The Crucible: Reverend Hale Character Analysis

Reverend Hale's character is dramatically changed throughout Arthur Miller's play: The Crucible. In the very beginning of the play, Hale appears strong and resolute. He is seen as all knowing, even holy. As the play progresses, Hale's own insecurities prompt the citizen's slow descent of reverence for him.

In Act One, Hale arrives in Salem to try to resolve the problem surrounding the sleeping girls and witchcraft. His arrival stirs up the town, and they are all honored to be in his presence, and he knows it.

Parris: Mr. Hale! Oh! It's good to see you again! (taking some books) My, they're heavy!

Hale: They must be; they are weighted with authority.

(Act 1)

Here, Reverend Hale is very self-confident, and is very much enjoying the respect he is given in Salem.

By Act Two, Reverend Hale has somewhat settled in Salem, and the town still shows him much reverence and respect. They trust him as a voice of authority, primarily because he serves on the court. He is however, far more personable than the other judges presiding.

Hale: I am a stranger here as you know. And in my ignorance I find it hard to draw a clear opinion of them that come accused before the court. And so this afternoon and tonight, I go from house to house---I come now from Rebecca Nurse's house-----

Elizabeth: Rebecca's charged!

Hale: God forbid such a one be charged. She is, however—--mentioned somewhat. (Act 2)

Hale's kindness is one of his most endearing traits, and it is why most citizens of Salem trust him. Alongside his religious fervor, Hale was possibly the most respected man in Salem.


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