Homework Help

What does Rev. Hale mean when he says there is "blood on his head"?

user profile pic

hotpink2404 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 15, 2007 at 9:47 PM via web

dislike 3 like

What does Rev. Hale mean when he says there is "blood on his head"?

2 Answers | Add Yours

user profile pic

alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted February 16, 2007 at 4:32 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 0 like

This is actually originally a quote from the Bible, Kings 2:32,

The LORD will return his blood on his own head, because he fell upon two men more righteous and better than he and killed them with the sword

This quote is appropriate for Hale, who is a weak man and knows that the only crime Proctor is guilty of is adultery, yet he lacks the courage to question the decisions of the court.

Sources:

user profile pic

shauger | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 4, 2007 at 10:04 PM (Answer #2)

dislike 0 like

He is acknowledging his responsibility in the deaths of those accused of witchcraft.

Sources:

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes