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Why, at the end of The Crucible do we admire Hale and despise Parris

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Why, at the end of The Crucible do we admire Hale and despise Parris Over 300 years ago in the American state of Massachusetts, the witch trials began (in 1692) and lasted only a few months before coming to an end in the following year. It is this series of events in which the famous play "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller was based upon written 56 years ago. In this play there are 2 very different characters two reverends, Samuel Parris and John Hale. In this essay I am going to talk about these two characters, their actions and moods, and compare them. I will be trying to get across how we admire Rev Hale and despise Parris. At the beginning of Act 1 we see Reverend Parris at the side of his daughter's bed, with Betty in it. He is praying for Betty, "Oh my God, God help me." However, I think it becomes clear he is concerned for himself. Right from the beginning Parris cares for himself, he wants his name to be good, and wants to save his skin, this is similar to McCarthyism where America fought to save itself. Parris comes across in a sad way and the words used in the opening give a feeling of sorrow; "out of my- (he is overcome with sobs.) ...read more.

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Then he eventually spills the beans and spreads fear in that the Devil is loose in Salem. In Act 2 when Hale goes to the Proctors house to privately talk to them, the stage directions say "he had a drawn and slightly guilty air" giving the impression that he no longer has the atmosphere and dominance around him. He gets slightly worried when a good man as proctor could not recall the 10 commandments later saying "no crack in a fortress may be accounted small" meaning that even small insignificant mistakes or problems can't just be ignored. As I have said, this book is based around the events over 315 years ago in Salem, Massachusetts. In act 3 the witch trials begin and this reminds us of those that occurred in 1692. They are very similar to what happens in the crucible and the characters are also similar, for example Giles Corey was pressed to death for not revealing the name of a person wanted, and this too happened in real life with the same character and also rev john hale of Beverley and Tituba the negro slave were too there in real life, as were some of the other characters. ...read more.

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This makes us despise Parris further. However, if it were for the reason that he has turned to a kind and truthful man who wanted to stop it from happening we would admire him. Another thing to despise Parris is the very pathetic and selfish action at the end of act 4 before Proctor is to be hung, where Parris offers him some cider; "If you desire a cup of cider, Mr Proctor, I am sure I-". He does not finish as he sees Proctor giving him an icy stare. To do this, especially when you are the man who is responsible for his hanging, is just outrageous! Parris, throughout the play, can only be described as selfish, heartless, small minded and self motivated - a sort of man who no one would want to know or associate with, and especially for someone like this to be a Minister! Despisable. Rev Hale, throughout the play, has feelings for people and only wants to help and do the right thing. He knows what's right and wrong and unlike Parris, does what is right for other people and not what's best for him. A man you would want to know, a man with the true personality of a Reverend, admirable. ...read more.

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