The Character Of John Proctor, Elizabeth And Reverend Hale In The Crucible

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The definition of crucible, or at least one of them, is a severe test or trial. This is definitely a fitting name for the Salem witch trials based play, as dealing with the hysteria and unjust courts of Salem is a severe trial in its self. However, the characters were also tested by their own ability to choose between right, wrong, or the most beneficial actions. From the main characters to all of the town’s people, they must all decide between what is best for them or everyone, living in sorrow or dying with honor. The three characters that undergo the most change throughout this play is John Proctor the farmer, Elizabeth whom is John’s wife, and Reverend Hale the supernatural expert.

Elizabeth is John’s wife who fell ill months before. During this time she and John have started to become farther and farther from each other, beginning a cold relationship. They are pleasant to each other and John takes care of her in every way he can, but this lack of affection is one of the reasons John ended up having an affair with their servant, Abigail. Since then she has fired her, and the coldness in her relationship with John continued up until the witch trials. As shown in the story, this seems to be his only severe sin so she still believes him to be a good man otherwise. She later starts to blame herself as seen on page 126 for the incident and she lets John decide whether or not he wants to confess to witchery so that he may feel he has any good left in him. She is known to be a person to never lie and she also changes in the story by lying to save John from accusation of lechery as shown on page 105.

Reverend Hale is an expert in witchcraft and all that is supernatural. He has come to practice his art by finding witches and expelling the presence of Lucifer from Salem as told in his introduction starting at the bottom of page 30. He believes as the church believes that witchcraft is a forbidden crime...

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