Using 2 examples from "The Crucible," identify a character by explaining his or her course of action and how they have changed.

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I think the two characters who probably change the most are John Proctor and Hale.  John starts off the novel as bitter and angry.  He doesn't want to get involved with what's going on in Salem.  Once he and his wife are jailed as witches, he begins to make a dramatic change.  In the last act, he is given the opportunity to lie and save his life, but he instead chooses to die.  He starts to confess, but when the judges want him to implicate his friends, he refuses.  He rips up his confession to save his name.  He'd rather die an honest man, than lie to save his life.  He says, "You have made your magic now, for now I do think  I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor."  Hale pleads with Elizabeth to try to intervene, but Elizabeth recognizes the change in the John and simply says, "He have his goodness now."

The other character I think has changed the most would be Reverend Hale.  At first Hale believes whole-heartedly in the ideas of witchcraft and believes that Tituba, Abigail, and the other girls are truly afflicted.  But later he begins to see Abigail's motives and recognizes the power she and the other girls have over the town.  Hale then works to save the lives of John, Rebecca, and the others who were accused and pleads with them to lie to save their lives.  He is ridden with guilt over his part in the convictions.