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I have been asked to play the part of Reverend John Hale in a stage production of The Crucible The crucible is a play based on the Salem witch trials which took place in the sixteenth century and is centred around the them of naming names and passing the blame Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible and I believe his purpose writing this play was to show the consequence of naming names and taking revenge as well as showing how different those times were My character Reverend John Hale of Beverly is said to be nearing forty a tight-skinned eager-eyed intellectual He thinks himself to be quite the specialist on witchcraft and things of the supernatural because of the education he has received he was glad that he was the specialist that had been called to Salem to sort out their problem of suspected witchcraft He feels this is his chance to prove himself When he comes to Salem everyone seems to take to him quickly he is very nice and charming to everyone To Rebecca Nurse Hale you cannot be Rebecca Nursebut I suppose you look as such a good soul should We have all heard of your great charities in Beverly To Thomas Putnam Hale Putnam I had not expected such distinguished company sir By doing this he is gaining respect from the townspeople of Salem He soon has Parris sucking-up to him as well as having Parris respect I feel that when he first came to Salem in the play that he is arrogant as if he can take care of everything I think that he may believe too strongly in what he has been taught but in the period the play is set the characters would see the Devil witchcraft and the supernatural as a respectable view of cosmology Something they believe in because there had to be opposites God to the Devil or good to
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