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The Crucible, how the characters change.

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´╗┐In the beginning of The Crucible Reverend Hale chooses to hunt down and question people who are being accused of witchcraft in Salem, but by the end, he feels guilty and responsible for how many people have been turned in, trialed, and hanged due to the accusations. Reverend Hale shows up at homes of the accused to question them about committing witchcraft. Reverend Hale tells John and Elizabeth Proctor, ?I am a stranger here, as you know. And in my ignorance I find it hard to draw a clear opinion of them that come accused before the court. ...read more.


Now that John is in jail, he tells Elizabeth, ?You know, do you not, that I have no connection with the court? I come of my own, Goody Proctor. I would save your husband?s life, for if he is taken I count myself of his murderer. Do you understand me? (131)? In Act Two, the Proctors are questioned of witchcraft by Reverend Hale, but by Act Four he feels guilty and responsible for the many deaths that have occurred throughout the trials. Unlike Elizabeth Proctor and Reverend Hale, Abigail Williams remains the selfish and heartless villain of the play. ...read more.


In the court room, Reverend Hale speaks of Abigail and says, ?I believe him! This girl has always struck me false! She has?? (114). Before Abigail could be questioned, she stirs up chaos by claiming Mary Warren wants to hurt her. Abigail screams, ?Mary, please don?t hurt me? (115)! Abigail always tries to find a way to cover herself up and pull strings to manipulate others. She remains an untrusting woman throughout the entire play that is driven by drama and vindictive when crossed. After all the deaths Salem has witnesses, the town is desperate of change. Reverend Hale and Elizabeth undergo the most positive changes while Abigail unfortunately does not. Abigail has made a negative name for herself as Elizabeth and Reverend Hale remain well respected in Salem. ...read more.

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