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Jim Hightower once said The opposite of courage is not cowardice it is conformity Even a dead fish can go with the flow In Arthur Millers play The Crucible Reverend Hale was called to solve the hysteria of witchcraft in Salem Massachusetts Miller portrays him as a good man with little information of the people in Salem Hale is a constantly changing character and as the story progresses his take-things-as-they-come attitude fades as the truths come out The irony and character development in Hales self inflicted struggle to fix an impossible community proves when good people stand by and do nothing evil will prevailReverend Hale arrives at Salem with an ill knowledge of the corrupt community When he first meets Rebecca Nurse he claims she looks as such a good soul should Miller 34 Miller wants the reader to know Rebecca is a good character and Hale who has never met her knows it too Soon Hale falls into the trap of seventeen year old Abigail Abigail threw the blame of witchery at Tituba He assertively yells you will free her from the devil now Miller 41 Hale commands Tituba as if she is the villain From early on in the play Hale had faulty impressions of everyone because he assumed right away that Titubas confession was sincere Hale quickly finds out some truths of the Salem residents leading him to question his work that he thought was done with He comes drawn a little with a quality of deference and guilt in his manner to speak to the Proctors Miller 59 Hale informs the two that in his ignorance he finds it hard to draw a clear opinion on them that come accuse before the court Miller 60 Yet the good soul Rebecca is mentioned somewhat in court Miller 61 Hales ignorance of the Salem folk has been decreased because he truly believes Rebecca Nurse is a pious woman Again he is misguided by
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