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Why does Reverend Hale return to Salem in Act 4?

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silvlongitude | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 15, 2007 at 4:07 PM via web

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Why does Reverend Hale return to Salem in Act 4?

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted May 16, 2007 at 1:00 AM (Answer #1)

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I assume you mean his return in Act IV. He came back to try and get the people who are about to be hanged to confess in order to save their lives. He tries to get Danforth to postpone the hangings as well. Hale now knows the trials were lies started by teenage girls who got caught doing something wrong. He is mostly concerned for Rebecca Nurse and John Proctor who are the first of the town's upstanding citizens to be hanged. He wants them to confess so they won't hang. He's trying to save their lives.

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