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I came to do the Devils work is the ironic and sad truth that Reverend John Hale realizes in Arthur Millers dramatic play The Crucible One can see that Hales personality changes enormously throughout the play These changes are illustrated by Hales many statements in the play The statements in the beginning of the play establish Hales firm beliefs and toward the end of the play his disgust with the outcome of the trials Hale is a very intriguing person with many character traits They must be they are weighted with authority p 36 This shows that he is sure of his actions and himself Another thing that he is sure of is witchcraft This is shown when he states The Devil is precise the marks of his presence are as definite as stone p38 and Are you gathering souls for the Devilp 44 One of Hales character flaws is that he judges by appearances You look as such a good soul should p 37 and A claim so weighty cannot be argued by a farmer p 99 He claims to be the right-hand man of the Lord Have no fear now we shall find him out if he has come among us and I mean to crush him utterly if he has shown his face When in reality his actions and beliefs end with tragic results Hale believes so strongly in his religion that he is willing to use unjust procedures to extract the information he wants He does this when questioning Tituba and John Proctor When the Devil comes to you does he come with another person Perhaps another person in the village p 45 and God put you in his hands to help cleanse this village p 46 Hale uses these persuading techniques and the authority of the church to find and punish the enemies of the church In the second act the audience can actually make a
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