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Discuss the character development of Reverend John Hale in The Crucible.

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At the beginning of the play, Reverend Hale is an enthusiastic intellectual, who is confident in his textbooks and believes that he can help rid Salem of witches. Reverend Hale is a naive witch-hunter, who initially supports Salem's court and contributes to the proceedings. In act two, Reverend Hale demonstrates that he is a sincere, cautious individual by conducting his own investigations and interviewing certain citizens throughout the community. When he visits John Proctor's home, he is initially concerned about Proctor's church record and questionable theology. He is also astonished and perplexed when Proctor admits that Abigail confessed that she and the other girls were lying about the witches. Hale then begins to question the court's validity when Elizabeth is arrested but still trusts that the proceedings are just and the court officials are fair.

In act three, Reverend Hale experiences a dramatic transformation after he discovers that Deputy Governor Danforth and Judge Hathorne...

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