As said by Chanel Coco, “Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death”. The quote states how when there is death, the feeling of guilt is the most detrimental feeling to follow. In the play The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, the feeling of guilt accompanying death is seen from one specific character. Reverend Hale, a self-assured spirit in the play can assuredly relate to this. Reverend Hale is a diverse character who shows mettle at the start, however ends with guilt and little faith.
Reverend Hale has a big change throughout the duration of The Crucible. As his confidence goes, guilt comes. In act 4 Hale says “There is blood on my head. Can you not see the blood on my head!!!” (Miller, 1124). This shows the guilt he feels for everyone that has been hanged, as if it were his miscue. His confidence in his studies is now gone, asumingly along with most his faith. “Woman! It is pride, it is vanity. Be his helper!--What profit him to bleed? Shall the worms declare his truth? Go to him, take his shame away!” (Miller 1257). Here we find Hale pleading with Elizabeth to save John in the last bit of the play, trying his best to rid himself of more guilt that will come from his death.
Hale is the only member of the court that questions the decisions made by the court itself. Once he starts to understand that …show more content…
In Act 2, he shows up at John’s house without the court’s knowledge. Although he was supposed to believe what he was told, he does this to find out more about the people that are called out for himself. There has to be some sort of reasoning for him to do this without the court’s knowledge. For him it’s because he is starting to wonder about the people, and wanting to know what they are like instead of what they are said to be like. If he were totally sure about what was said and how he felt about what was said he would not be doing something like