Reverend Hale In The Crucible Analysis

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American Horror Story: Salem There are people that will do whatever is expected of them no matter the consequences, and then there are those that will always stick to their ethical beliefs. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the Salem witch trials put morality to the test. Beginning from the falsehood of the trials in the first place to the internal struggles the characters face during the trials, all of the people involved have important decisions to make. Despite all of this, Reverend John Hale stays true to his beliefs. As he continues to stand up for what he believes is right, Reverend John Hale is not responsible for the mass hysteria that leads to the Salem witch trials. Reverend John Hale is an intellectual person who is not willing …show more content…
Now, he tells Elizabeth to have her husband conform to the court’s wishes in order to save his own life. Even though Hale himself is a reasonable man, he realizes that the members of the court are not and no amount of evidence would convince them otherwise. After this revelation, he tries to save the innocent people’s lives by other means. Logic and reasoning drives most of Reverend John Hale’s decisions and neither is present in the duration of the Salem witch trials. It might be argued that Reverend John Hale did cause the Salem witch trials because he is very adamant in his desire to rid the town of the devil. When he first arrives to Salem, he states, “Have no fear now - we shall find him [the Devil] out if he has come among us, and I mean to crush him utterly if he has shown his face!” (1. 796-798). Hale is responding to the accusations of witchcraft by the slave of the minister. He is reassuring the accuser, Goody Ann Putnam, that if the devil is truly in Salem, he will definitely get rid of him. However, he will only do so if there is no possibility of doubt of the devil’s presence. Earlier, before even questioning anybody, Hale tells the

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