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Reverend Hale In Arthur Millers The Crucible when characters are faced with adversity they are forced to show their true morals and beliefs The character of Reverend Hale fights a battle between what ideasl have been engraved in his mind by books and society and what he feels in his soul is truly right In the end his soul prevails and finds him completely changed Because he is a character with such high moral standards regarding everything he does he sees the flaws and falsities of the witch trials and changes from naively believing completely in witchcraft to losing all faith in the religion of Salem and deciding that earthly life is superlative and worth lying for At first Reverend Hales character is concrete in his beliefs on witchcraft and is sure of his duty to carry out the will of God He has dedicated his whole life to the Puritan religion and learning about witches and witchcraft In this call to Salem he sees his first opportunity to put his knowledge and dedication to work When introducing him Miller describes Hale as a tight skinned eager-eyed intellectual This is a beloved errand for him on being called here to ascertain witchcraft he has felt the pride of the specialist whose unique knowledge has at last been publicly called for 32 Hale enters in a flurry of activity carrying large books and projecting an air of great knowledge He becomes the force behind the trials passionately searching out the evil among the people in Salem and putting all his efforts into redeeming them What is more significant about Hales character in this early part is not his actions but motives His motives are always for the good of the people and what is right to God This goodness is what leads to his transformation because it helps him to see the true good and evil when others are blinded by their pride or ulterior
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