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How is John Hale a dynamic character in The Crucible? Examples in the book.

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Dynamic characters undergo a change in attitude throughout a literary work, and John Hale's attitude toward the witchcraft hysteria in Salem changes dramatically from his entrance in Act I to the play's final tragic scene in Act IV.  

When Hale arrives in Salem to investigate the suspicions of witchcraft, he is met with sycophancy from Parris, and it is fair to say that Hale acts rather officiously. He carries books he describes as "weighted with authority" and tells Putnam, "let me instruct you." It is clear that Hale relishes his reputation as a witch hunter, and he tells Ann Putnam and Rebecca Nurse that if he finds Satan at work in Salem, he will "crush him utterly." He participates enthusiastically in the interrogation of Tituba and the girls and exclaims, "Glory to God!—it is broken, they are free!" when he hears public confessions and accusations.

As the conflicts escalate in Act II, Hale admits to Proctor (after Proctor challenges Hale about the reason people in Salem are...

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