The Truth Of Reverend Hale During The Salem Witch Trials In "The Crucible,” By Arthur Miller

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The Salem witch trials were a time period in which there was mass chaos and very little reason. In, “The Crucible,” by Arthur Miller, there were an elect group of people that overcame this hysteria of the trials. Among the people of reason arose, Reverend Hale, who displayed both sides of the hysteria. Reverend Hale is a dynamic character as he transforms from a character following the strict law and causing the deaths of many, to a character that understands the ridiculousness of the trials.
In the beginning of the play, Hale enters as a strict law abiding citizen enjoying his position of power and his ability to make the decisions in Salem. An example of his defense of the law is, “Man remember until an hour before the Devil fell, God thought him beautiful in Heaven,” (Miller 68) which is Hale defending the recent arrests he has recently made through god. He is saying how a person can change from an angel in your eyes to a monster as in the idea of the devil and how the devil was viewed as a beautiful archangel in god’s eyes until the devil betrayed god. This quote also displays how he is putting the law over any emotional connections with the person. Throughout the play most of the charges were seen as outrageous to many. An example is said by Giles Corey, “I never said my wife were a witch, Mr. Hale; I only said she were reading books!” (68). As a court authority Reverend Hale continued to defend the actions of the court in arresting people for outrageous crimes that had low likelihood of being related to witchcraft.
As the play progressed into the further acts there begins to...

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