For what two things does Hale criticize Proctor?

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In act 2, Reverend Hale visits John Proctor's home on his own accord in order to do some independent investigating. Hale begins questioning John to get an accurate depiction of the "Christian character" of the Proctor household. The first thing Reverend Hale criticizes John for is his dismal church attendance record. Hale mentions that John has only attended church twenty-six times in seventeen months and asks why Proctor misses so much church. Proctor responds by saying that he could not travel to Salem every Sunday because his wife was sick. Proctor then expresses his grievances against Reverend Parris and elaborates on his greedy disposition. The second thing that Reverend Hale criticizes John Proctor for concerns the fact that one of his children is not baptized. Proctor then explains that he does not see any light in Reverend Parris and refuses to allow him to lay a hand on his child. Reverend Hale disagrees with Proctor and proceeds to ask the couple to name the Ten Commandments.

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Hale criticized Proctor for working during the Sabbath and refusing to have his last son baptized. Hale claimed Proctor rarely attended church on the Sabbath according to the records in Rev. Parris’ custody. Proctor defended himself by stating that his wife was sick, and he tried to go to church when he could. In addition, he stated that when he could not make it to the church, he prayed in his house. To this, Hale responded that his house was not a church, and a Christian must be in church on the Sabbath.

Hale asked why one of Proctor’s sons was not baptized. Proctor alleged that he did not see God’s light upon Rev. Parris and because of that he was reluctant to allow Parris to baptize his son. Hale asserted that the decision was not his to make because Parris was ordained.

writergal06 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Act 2, Hale is visiting families in the town in order to get to know them better, specifically those whose names have been mentioned in the proceedings. While at the Proctor's house, Hale begins questioning John about the family's religious diligence, focusing on John's knowledge of the 10 Commandments at first. Hale criticizes John because of his infrequent church attendance and because his youngest son has not yet been baptized. These criticisms lead to important revelations about Rev. Parris and some town members dissatisfaction with his conduct. This conversation also gives Hale his first misgivings about how the trials are being conducted.