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In The Crucible, what does Reverand Hale hope to accomplish by examining Betty?

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lindsygreene | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 13, 2009 at 3:36 AM via web

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In The Crucible, what does Reverand Hale hope to accomplish by examining Betty?

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writergal06 | Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted September 13, 2009 at 10:01 AM (Answer #1)

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Reverend Hale is one of the few clergyman that is actually looking for true signs that the girls are bewitched by Satan. When he examines Betty, he is looking for a sign that it is Satan or demons that are affecting the girl and not some superficial or physical affliction. Unlike the other prominent members of the town and the neighboring towns, Hale does not immediately assume that they girls are being attacked by witches just because they say that they are. He looks for, in his view, very real signs of the devil on the girls, and makes judgments based on his studies and observations and not on hearsay or one-sided testimony.

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lindsygreene | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 14, 2009 at 6:07 AM (Answer #2)

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Thanks! By the way i ment to write examining.

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