Reverend John Hale Essay

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In 1642 there was a hunt for witches in Salem, Massachusetts; in the 1950s there was a hunt for communists in America. Dramatist, Author Miller writes about the Salem Witch Trials in his play The Crucible. In 1692, just like in the 1950s, the congressional committees were searching for the truth, and trying to get rid of fear. Reverend John Hale was called to Salem because of his knowledge on witchcraft. Reverend John Hale was a Sensible man, who began to doubt the veracity of witnesses in the Salem Witch Trials, and became fearful in what his authority had set in motion.
Reverend John Hale was summoned to Salem because Reverend Parris wanted him to examine his daughter Betty. Reverend Parris heard about what Reverend John Hale did in Beverly Massachusetts; Reverend John Hale was asked to search for witchcraft and had found none, which shows that Reverend John Hale is a fair and sensible man. When arriving to Salem, Massachusetts he meets John Procter, also a sensible man, John Proctor mentions his sensibility, “I’ve heard you to be a sensible man, I hope you’ll leave some in Salem” (1231). For Reverend John Hale his sensibility and his authority is what make up his reputation.
When examining Reverend Parris’s daughter, Reverend Parris claims it was the doings of witchcraft. Reverend John Hale merely states: “We cannot look to superstition in this. The Devil is precise” (1231). Then while questioning the other girls, one of them mentions that Tituba, Reverend Parris’s servant, was the one doing witchcraft against them. In anguish Tituba confesses of doing witchcraft. Reverend John Hale convinces Tituba to go back to God and in this moment Reverend John Hale thinks he had caught a witch and saved the “afflicted girls” and in this instant his ego began to swell up and began to cloud his sensibility.
In the beginning, Reverend John Hale was the force behind the witch trials, but as the trials ensue his doubt began to inlay. He began asking questions, trying to get to know some of the towns people accused. One of the accused, Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor’s wife, had him concerned. The interrogation, as you will, had begun and John Proctor showed defiance in Reverend John Hale‘s authority. In this interrogation Reverend John Hale said: “…numerous others have confessed to dealing with the Devil. They have confessed it!” John Proctor replies: “And why not if they should hang for denyin’ it? There are them that will swear to anything before they’ll hang; have you never thought of that?” Reverend John Hale replies with a sense of doubt, “I have. I-I have indeed” (1243). This conversation shows Reverend John Hale beginning to find doubt in the court.
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