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How does Reverend Hale change throughout the play?

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a social play set in the Puritan colony of Salem, Massachusetts and based loosely on historical events in the year 1692. Miller quickly establishes the atmosphere of the colony as a rigid place with a community focus on religion, prayer, and the Bible.

As the play unfolds, the Reverend John Hale is summoned to Salem by the paranoid Minister of Salem, Reverend Parris, who demands absolute obedience from his parishioners. Parris suspects that members of the community are practicing devil-worship and perceives it as a threat to his authority. He contacts Reverend Hale to confirm his suspicions. Hale is an expert in the field of witchcraft who feels “the pride of the specialist whose unique knowledge has at last been publicly called for.”

The Reverend Hale is a logical, good-intentioned man who, at the outset of the play, is a scholarly type seeking to help the community maintain a peaceful society. Although he is reasonable and just, he is blind to Reverend...

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