The Crucible, by Arthur Miller Essays

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When reading a classic novel like that of Arthur Miller, we oftentimes encounter the typical dynamic character; the lovable cocoon experiencing a most dramatic metamorphosis right before the reader’s eyes. In The Crucible, the reader is initially introduced to a reserved, confident, and scholarly Reverend Hale, who arrives in the secluded, gloomy town of Salem to investigate the mysterious behavior of the local priest’s daughter; Betty Proctor . Throughout the novel, Miller reveals Hale’s transformation from within his strict cocoon of formal studies and formulaic outlook on witchcraft diagnostics and religion to a jaded, less-than-sure of himself scholar, broken by the raw injustice and shameless hypocrisy which he witnesses in Salem. By …show more content…
Ironically, this very goodness is what much later leads to his transformation, seeing as it helps him to recognize the truly guilty and innocent residing in Salem, to whom others are blinded by their pride and ulterior motives.
In another change of heart, Reverend Hale falls briefly into the hysteria surrounding the witch trials. During a local midwife, Tituba’s trial, Reverend Hale aggressively interrogates her, asking, “When the devil comes to you, does he ever come…with another person? Perhaps another person in the village? Someone you know?” (24). In assuming that Tituba has been in contact with the devil before even hearing her testimony, Hale had hastily and unfairly accused her of witchcraft, as the rest of Salem had become prone to accepting as legitimate grounds for conviction. On the other side of his claim’s dirty coin, Hale is implying that other people from Salem were also involved in the witchcraft by asking if Tituba recognized any of the Devil’s fellow visitors—seeing as she had so clearly already confirmed having seen the Devil in the first place. Like a pack of blood-thirsty leeches, Hale and the rest of the court seek to solicit more

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