Crucible essay ideas?I need help writing an essay and this is the topic I am to write about. Rev. Hale can be considered a dynamic character, one who changes from the beginning to the end of a...
I need help writing an essay and this is the topic I am to write about.
Rev. Hale can be considered a dynamic character, one who changes from the beginning to the end of a story. Trace Hale's gradual change from an enthusiastic supporter of the witch hunt to a man haunted by guilt for his own role in the witch hunts.
I think your topic is a good one, as Rev. Hale is indeed a dynamic character who experiences emotional and moral growth.
Act I: Begin by examining the reasons why Hale was called to Salem in the first place. Why was he considered an "authority"? What does his arrival "loaded down with half a dozen heavy books" say about his ability to deal with "tracking down the Old Boy"? (Satan), ie, his lofty ideals about dealing with "evil" and the reality of evil (not of the supernatural, but real, human evil) he experiences in Salem?
How does he react to the praise he receives from Parris, especially Parris' deferential treatment to his authority?
Then move into considering his interrogation of Tituba, and his demand that she "name names." How does his insistence cause the spiraling of the events that follow?
Act II: Here, Hale is beginning to understand how accusations are not measuring up with the character of those accused. Pay special attention to Miller's stage direction. For example, when he goes to question the Proctors, Miller says, He is different now -- drawn a little, and there is a quality of deference, even of guilt, and there is a quality of deference, even of guilt, about his manner now. Explore how these "qualities" are revealed in the dialogue and direction.
By Act III, the weight of guilt consumes Hale. Show how this transpires.
Hale is wracked by guilt himself towards the end. He is aware that he has signed death warrants for people who are most likely innocent. Although he IS encouraging John and Rebecca to lie, I think it is also that he is not willing to have any more blood on his conscience than he has already. Hale tells Elizabeth that "Life, woman, is God's most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it...Let him give his lie..." to which Elizabeth replies, "I think that be the Devil's argument."
You might focus on Hale as a man of education. Part of the reason he starts to question what is happening is that Rebecca Nurse is accused. He respects Nurse as another educated person and places her above the other townspeople. He is able to believe that they might have committed witchcraft, but not this lady of books. She could not.
Make sure you address the end of the play where Hale as a man of God urges John, Rebecca Nurse, and others who have been accused, to give a false confession. There are also several line you should look at when John is considering signing the paper, where Hale actually refers to his confession as a lie.