How Is Reverend Hale Presented In The Crucible

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“We all must love each other now…” (164); this is said by Mary Warren in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. It is said as a reminder that the times are unpredictable; one day someone is innocent and the next a witch. Everyone must bind together against the witch trails. The Crucible takes place in Salem, Massachusetts during the time of the Salem Witch Trials. Through the course of this play many are accused of being witches, and executed, by a group of girls. Miller’s ideas of the trials are expressed through the characters’ words and actions. Some of the main characters in the play are Reverend Parris, John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, Abigail Williams, and Reverend John Hale. The character that evolves the most during the events of the trials is Reverend Hale.…show more content…
He is called by Reverend Parris to look at his daughter, Betty, who has become ill after found dancing naked in the woods. Hale takes a look at her and promises to solve the mystery whether it be witchcraft or not. Betty eventually recovers from the illness which caused her to be trapped in a coma-like state and begins discussing the real events that happened the night before with Abigail. They must keep quiet about what they did because it was illegal and a sin. But Abigail is not as good at keeping secrets and while being blinded by her lover for John Proctor, she tells him that they are just pretending to be ill from witchcraft. The lie she tells everyone else, including Reverend Hale, is that Tituba, Reverend Parris’ servant, used witchcraft to conjure spirits and forced the girls to join in. Hale believes this because he doesn’t have a reason not to; it seems to be coming from a sane, innocent young girl. Abigail and the other girls also begin to accuse others of being

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