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John Hale is the minister of Beverly which has been summoned to Salem to discover and extinguish supposed witchcraft in the town of Salem Mass in the colonial period Hale overgoes a gradual change of character and belief as the play unfolds As a dynamic character Though a gradual change it is the change drastically changes his views and ideas of what is Gods will and where his priorities lie The end of Act One exhibits the audience a zealous priest Reverend John Hale looking for evidence of witchcraft real or make believe Most convenient for Hale the town of Salem has more than enough evidence for him to become ecstatic about Although he does express that We can not look to superstition in this The Devil is precise the marks of his presence are as definite as stone and I must tell you all that I shall not precede unless you are prepared to believe me if I should find no bruise of hell upon her 38 it is a mere empty promise since before the ending of Act One he already mentally decides Salem is plagued with witchcraft with or without concrete evidence to support his allegation Hale uses such scant evidence as Putnams death of her first seven children and Giles wife reading of strange books which keep him from reciting the Lords prayer Ironically he encounters Tituba after hearing that this Barbados slave had been practicing voodoo with the afflicted girls After Hale puts immense pressure on Tituba to proclaim herself a witch Hale is able to manipulate Tituba to claim that she had used witchcraft on the girls After declaring herself a witch she accuses the names of four honest and innocent women thus starting the chain affect of accused witches accusing others of witchcraft that soon would follow So Hale single-handedly who was manipulated by Abigails lies and false fits started the entire conflict with
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