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Why is Hale invited to Salem from Boston in The Crucible?  Also, has Hale ever found a...

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signorelli52 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 5, 2009 at 12:26 AM via web

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Why is Hale invited to Salem from Boston in The Crucible?  Also, has Hale ever found a witch?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 5, 2009 at 12:43 AM (Answer #1)

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In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Reverend John Hale is called to Salem from Beverly (I guess that must be part of Boston because he's also identified as being from Boston) to try to figure out what's wrong with Betty Parris.  The doctor can not identify any physical illness that can be causing her symptoms and so Hale has been called to see if there's a supernatural cause (the Devil/witchcraft) for Betty's condition.

According to Miller's notes, Hale is like a doctor on his first house call, which implies that he has never before found a witch.  He did investigate one woman, but found she was not a witch.

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jtgettings | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 22, 2009 at 11:04 AM (Answer #2)

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Hale is like a doctor on his first house call which implies that he has never before found a witch.

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