IB Junior English
13 October 2014
Wind, Rain and Hale: The Man Who Took Salem by Storm
Reverend John Hale, from Arthur Miller's The Crucible, is a Puritan minister from Beverly who is called to Salem to investigate the accusations of witchery. He plays a significant part within the play and you witness his transformation from [he is transformed from a; you is second person, which is informal] seemingly knowledgeable professor of the invisible world to a weeping pile of guilt and regret. Hale goes through [undergoes; more vocabularic] a massive amount of growth and change through the various acts starting from a confidant, knowledgeable man to a disillusioned and frantic man just trying to save lives.
In Act One Hale arrives bearing several books on the subject of witchcraft [witchcraft; more concise]. He displays an air of knowledge, eagerness, confidence, and maybe even a little arrogance. In a small exchange between Parris and Hale, Hale remarks "They must be; they are weighted with authority." (Miller 157), Hale displays his easy confidence in the knowledge he knows. What he knows is derived from the word of God and it is true and powerful knowledge he knows. He derives his powerful and true knowledge from the word of God; replace sentence, passive voice] Hale then proceeds inside and then begins examining Betty for signs of witchcraft and attempts to question her to no avail. Then his suspicions are directed toward Tituba[Then he directs his suspicions toward Tituba; passive voice], who was implicated by Abigail [who Abigail implicated; passive voice]. He says [exclaims; not supposed to use says] to Tituba when she denies his allegations "You most certainly do, and you will free her from it now! When did you compact with the devil?" (161) once again displaying his confidence that Betty is witched because he knows the signs of witchcraft when he sees them. This is also a bit arrogant of him because he doesn't [does...
Miller, Arthur. The Crucible. 1953. Holt McDougal Literature. Orlando, FL: Holt McDougal/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012. 138-212. Print.
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