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A paradox is something that appears to be one way but is the opposite way Authors often use paradoxes in their works to make them more interesting In the play The Crucible Arthur Miller presents the audience with a paradox in so much as the character of Reverend Hale who lives is presented as being more tragic than the character of John Proctor who dies At the beginning Hale is held in high regard while Proctor is not trusted or loved by his wife Hale runs away from the court when he realizes the truth while Proctor stands up for the truth Hale abandons his faith and all he lives for while Proctor dies for it At the beginning of the play Reverend Hale is held in high regard by the people of Salem He is a trusted minister of God and all respect his opinions on matters of witchcraft Parris says I have sent for Reverend Hale of Beverly and Mr Hale will surely confirm that9 in act one He does not think that the children are afflicted by witches and he looks to the wisdom and guidance of Hale to confirm that When Hale says that Betty had been bewitched no one questions or doubts him Everyone in the room believes him and they immediately agree with him that it is Titubas fault that she cannot wake when he says it is This shows the reader that he is held in high esteem and believed by all Since Hale is liked and believed by all the people of Salem he is set up for a big fall at the end of the play While Hale is held in high esteem by all Proctor is not He does not even have the love or trust of his wife This is shown in act two when they are arguing and he says Spare me You forget nothin and forgive nothin Learn charity woman I have
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