Analysis of Reverend Hale

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Dallin Curtis
Honors English II – Online
All of the madness in The Crucible began when a few young girls from town went into the woods with a slave from town. When they got in the woods, they began to reform rituals while dancing around a bonfire. After a minister in town found out about the rituals, which closely resembled that of witch craft, the chaos began. Arthur Miller chose to use a brilliant array of major and minor characters and situations to depict the horrors and betrayals that exist within witch hunts. One of the main characters of this story is the Reverend John Hale, whose role thickens as the plot does. After finding out what the young women from town were up to in the woods with the slave from Barbados, Minister Parris immediately contacted the Reverend John Hale from Beverly to investigate. Reverend Hale was an expert on searching for the devil in his many disguised forms. Minister Parris wanted Reverend Hale to investigate the illness that had come over his daughter, Betty, and to get to the bottom of what was going on with the girls in the woods. When Reverend Hale first arrives in Salem he is very naïve and ignorant to lots of situations and ways of the world. He is very intellectual, and close-minded to the opinions written in the books that he carries and studies. Reverend Hale is described as a "tight-skinned, eager-eyed intellectual." This quote is an excellent visual of the cocky, young Reverend at his time of arrival in Salem. At first, he seems very arrogant and, very quickly, thrusts himself into the middle of the action. Reverend Hale jumped at the opportunity to investigate the potential for witch craft in the town of Salem. Reverend Hale is very cocky and confident in his skills and relishes the chance to prove to himself and to the people of Salem that he is indeed a man of God and that his expertise is valid. His critical thinking mind and intellectuality keep him from losing his wits throughout his stay in Salem. His...
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