Could someone help me with an attention grabber for my essay on Reverend Hale?I've written an essay about how Reverend Hale from The Crucible develops throughout the play and I am just completely...

Could someone help me with an attention grabber for my essay on Reverend Hale?

I've written an essay about how Reverend Hale from The Crucible develops throughout the play and I am just completely stuck with the attention grabber. I was thinking a metaphor or a rhetorical question would be a good start.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that one of the most powerful elements about Hale is the idea that he is manipulated by those in the position of power.  It is really unclear whether he fully grasps the implications of this by the end of the drama.  I think that Hale's change at the end is motivated by his own sense of guilt and is something that can be still manipulated by those in the position of power.  Hale's desires are secondary to the meeting of Parris and the Judges in talking about how Hale is in "counsel" with those waiting to die.  Hale is a character that has been manipulated by others with ulterior ends.  I think that bringing this out in the open to start your writing about him would be interesting.  While I am not a big fan of the rhetorical question, something along those lines regarding Hale could be, "Imagine if you were being manipulated to do something, not knowing how you fit into the larger designs of another person?"  Hale believes in what he is doing and is convinced of its larger sense of good.  Yet, what he does is being twisted by those in the position of power who wish to benefit on their own level as opposed to any social notion of the good.  It is here where I think focus on Hale makes him a compelling and interesting character, even if it is difficult to empathize with him.

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