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In The Crucible a play written by Arthur Miller the strict Puritan community of Salem is bombarded with the hysteria of witchcraft It starts when five young girls of Salem are caught dancing in the forest Instead as mere children playing this behavior is viewed upon by the Puritans as the work of the devil As the hysteria builds momentum more and more accusations radiate Reverend Hale a well known expert on witches is brought into Salem to cleanse the town of its evil At the beginning of the play Hale leads the onslaught of punishment for the accused but by the end he radically changes his views denouncing the court and its proceedings At first Hale believes that the witch trials are necessary and stands by them unconditionally When he first comes to town he concludes that Satan is at work And I mean to crush him utterly if he has shown face p39 Hale shows his strong abhorrence toward evil He is willing to follow the churchs authority to do anything to put a stop to it While he is talking to Abigail a girl who was caught dancing in the forest he yells You cannot evade me p43 Hale expects to find evidence of witchcraft This expectation leads him to early not fully thought out conclusions Hale is determined to end the alignments these witches have with the Devil and he knows the court is too Later Hales views on the courts change and he becomes less obedient to its decisions When the judge finds out that John Proctor an accused witch plows on the Sabbath he becomes disgusted but Hale questions his authority Your Honor I cannot think that you may judge the man on such evidence p78 Hale is slowly starting to see how much authority the judges have that they do not deserve He is becoming doubtful in their decisions Hale
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