Character Analysis Of Hale In The Crucible

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When a bright sunrise cascades the sky, it feels as though you know all and can be anything. This same feeling of knowing all can occur when realization of truth is found. Arthur Miller the author of the Crucible, presents Reverend Hale as an authority figure who questions the very theocracy (a government without separation of church and state) he is apart of. Reverend Hale discovers the truth of the Salem Witch Trials but does not understand how to convince the rest of the officials to drop all charges. Through Hale’s actions, we see great change, a man who desired justice and truth, but also a man who blamed himself for something he could not control. There is a measure of change in Hale; at one point he is advocating for a witch hunt and at …show more content…
By the end of the play, Hale is becoming crazed by the results of the court’s decision to continue with all of the hangings; this is shown by Hale’s approach of being comical, “Why, it is all simple. I come to do the Devil's work. I come to counsel Christians they should believe themselves. His sarcasm collapses. There is blood on my head! Can you not see the blood on my head (Act Four 131)!!” He declares there is blood on his head which also declares that he believes he is at fault to some degree. He is in sheer pain of what is occurring in Salem because he believes most of these alleged witches, aren’t guilty. He not only believes he is guilty of causing their death but also says, “I would save your husband's life, for if he is taken I count myself hi: murderer. Do you understand me (Act Four 131)?” In this text he is pleading with Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor’s wife, to at least get her spouse to confess; then, he will not be a murderer. In the end of the play John dies and Hale is in utter remorse. Hale feels like he is the one responsible, he is the one that needed to stop all this madness but he