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How do you respond to Millers presentation of Hale in The Crucible?

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´╗┐Anitha Sivakumaran How do you respond to Miller?s presentation of Hale in The Crucible? Miller presents Hale to be an expert on witchcraft ?especially since he had himself encountered a witch in his parish not long before?. Toward the beginning of the play he is seen as a young man who is keen to display and exercise his expert skills. He is enthusiastic to seek out witches and he appears to be a rather threatening authority figure who seeks to punish. The author outlines hale to have an egoistic and autocratic leadership as he ?conceives of himself much as a young doctor on his first call?. ...read more.


Later, Hale?s moral beliefs are challenged when Rebecca Nurse is arrested and is accused of witchcraft. Hale?s beliefs are naive and this naivety enables Miller to show how ignorant this naivety is in the light of morality. Miller?s play is a tragedy and Hale?s decimation of faith help propel the tragedy to its climax. In Act Two, we see that Hale's former confidence is slowly eroding. This is demonstrated by the fact that he shows up at the Proctors' house of his own accord and quotes ?in my ignorance I find it hard to draw a clear opinion of them that come accused before the court?. ...read more.


He councils convicted witches to confess, so that they won't be hanged. Hale is knowingly counselling people to lie with the evidential proof of ?I beg you, woman, prevail upon your husband to confess. Let him give his lie?. He's lost all faith in the law, and there's a good chance his faith in God is a bit unstable as well. Hale pleads with Elizabeth to change her husband's mind, screaming, "What profit him to bleed? Shall the dust praise him? Shall the worms declare his truth?", words like these show that Hale has become a completely different man than the one we met at the beginning of the play and it seems to us that these last two lines raise an interesting philosophical question, to which there is no right answer. ...read more.

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