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What does Reverend Hale think about John Proctor?

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Reverend Hale is initially wary of John Proctor and questions his unorthodox disposition towards Salem's authority figures. Since Reverend Hale initially supports Salem's court, he does not fully trust John Proctor, who is openly opposed to the witch trials. Despite John Proctor's good reputation throughout Salem's community, Hale is concerned about his church attendance and is suspicious of Proctor's Biblical knowledge when he questions him in act two. As the play progresses, Hale begins to question the court's intentions and is astonished when Elizabeth, Martha Corey, and Rebecca Nurse are arrested. In act three, Hale witnesses Deputy Governor Danforth's callous, authoritarian nature firsthand and changes his perception of John Proctor. Hale realizes that...

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