John Hale In The Crucible Essay

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On Page 39 of the Crucible by: Arthur Miller, a minister named John Hale is describing the things the Devil can do to people. At this point in the book he has come to the town of Salem to rid it of witches, who are people believed to be possessed by the Devil. He believes that the Bible is law and spreading God’s light is his Christian duty. Abigail Williams, a seventeen year old girl, has just cried witchcraft on a maid named Tituba. Hale implies to Tituba that her options are to confess to being in league with the Devil or to go to court and most likely hang. Of course Tituba confessed, wanting to save her life, and Hale helps her find “the light of God” again. However as the book goes ...view middle of the document...

Initially he believed wholeheartedly that the girls were telling the truth, because he was devoted to the Bible. ”When the Devil comes to you does he ever come with another person. Perhaps another person in the village? Someone you know?” (Miller, pg. 45). Hale clearly believes that Tituba is with the Devil and is encouraging her to say more names of people in league with the Devil. He is looking to rid Salem of the Devil and at this point Hale is quite certain the Devil can possess people, and is possessing people.
Hale began to change his views about the Devil when Elizabeth Proctor and Rebecca nurse were accused. These two women were benevolent, good natured people who the society looked up too. After seeing how kind and gentle they were Hale began to realize there might be a flaw in the system. After conversing with John Proctor, Elizabeth's husband, Hale agrees to go appeal to the court to try to prove their innocence. John Proctor doesn’t believe in witches and is aware the girls are faking when they say they “see the Devil with people.” Hale now begins to see Abigail and the other girls in a different light. He also is starting to believe in the innocence of the accused. “I have this morning signed away the soul of Rebecca Nurse, Your Honor. I’ll not conceal it, my hand shakes yet as with a wound. I pray you, sir, this argument let lawyers present to you.” (pg. 100). Hale is clearly demonstrating guilt for Rebecca getting accused because he doubts she is a witch. He wants there to be evidence presented against the court because he doesn’t want them thinking she’s a witch. The court doesn’t believe that the girls are faking and John Proctor gets accused of being with the Devil.

By the time John Proctor gets hanged, Hale knew that all the people accused were innocent. By this time Hale has quit the court. Proctor is the one that helped him see...

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