He thinks that Tituba was screeching gibberish when he found the girls, but Abigail says they were only singing Barbados songs. I definitely think most fans would see her as a sisterly figure. This relates strongly to the political climate of the early 1950s in which Miller wrote The Crucible. Reverend Hale who is a minister and an expert of the demonic arts and witchcraft is sent from East Hanover to Salem where there is a spreading fear of witchcraft. Yet, how would it look in Gods eyes if a man had the power to stop evil but chose not to? Parris to investigate possible witchcraft and to examine his daughter, Betty, because she seems to not wake. Parris claims he saw a kettle, but Abigail says it contained only soup, although a frog may have jumped in it. His reputation and control in the play moves between two extremes as the events continue- shifting from confident accuser to helper of the accused.
Despite that, his probity becomes clearer and clearer when scrutinizing the text for its true meaning. Putnam claims that witchcraft must be the cause of death for her seven children. I have wondered if there be witches in the world—although I cannot believe they come among us now. For such a travesty to occur and to end, there must be certain people that catalyze the event and others that speak out against it. Mrs Putnam says the girls are not sick but bedeviled. Mr hale is a man who is nearly 40 years old, a tight skinned, eager eyed intellectual.
We know the girls do not really see any spirits attacking them and so does Hale. Tituba denies the accusations but Hale promises her she will be blessed by God if she names the other witches. I never knew what pretense Salem was, I never knew the lying lessons I was taught by all these Christian women and their covenanted men! Reverend Hale is surprised, but disturbed by the news because he thought of Rebecca as surely being innocent when he met her. Although Hale remains determined not to declare witchcraft unless he can prove it, the expectations of the people of Salem sweep him up, and, as a result, he takes their evidence at face value, rather than investigating it himself. This is a sharp time, now, a precise time—we live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world.
Putnam suspects Proctor, because he has not been at Sabbath recently, but Proctor claims there is no need for attendance since all Parris ever talks about are finances. This quote shows how he is very intent on finding any signs of the devil and will show no mercy. Tituba Parris' slave from Barbados, Tituba was with the girls when they danced and attempted to conjure the spirits of Ann Putnam's dead children. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. She acts somewhat differently when the cameras are off. Proctor, your house is not a church; your theology must tell you that.
I am a good woman, I know it; and if you believe I may do only good work in the world, and yet be secretly bound to Satan, then I must tell you, sir, I do not believe it. At this point Hale hopes that the trials are legitimate, and tries to account for unusual happenings, but things just do not add up. Giles asks Hale what reading strange books means because he often finds his wife, Martha, reading books. Hale is basically saying he is glad that he doesn't have to go through what happened in Salem again. In Act I, the reverend is described as an eager-eyed intellectual pondering the invisible world. However, Miller places John Proctor as the main protagonist of the story and its moral center.
Reverend Parris has obviously seen some work of the devil in his niece Abigail, slave Tituba, and daughter Betty. Later he sees the lies and investigate the other people in the town proctor to get the lay of the land. Parris admits to the dancing and the conjuring, while Mrs. With the notable exception of John Proctor, Hale gets our vote for most complex character in The Crucible. When did you compact with the Devil? Betty Parris The young teenager daughter of Reverend Parris, Betty falls mysteriously ill after Reverend Parris finds her dancing in the woods with Abigail and the other young women of Salem. Hale knows that Abigail had an affair with John, tried to ger Elizabeth hanged, and lied to the court. I beg you, sir, I beg you—see her what she is.
Reverend John Hale was invited to Salem by Mr. Slowly, as time passes, their personality changes dramatically. That's a good sign, then. She discusses Ruth's sickness with Abigail, and suggests beating Betty to snap her out of her illness. John Proctor A farmer in Salem, Proctor serves as the voice of reason and justice in The Crucible. And now you bid me tear the light out of my eyes? This quote demonstrates how Hale is upset with the trial and is not the same dedicated man who once put all his faith into the court.
He must acknowledge that children have manipulated his own irrefutable beliefs, while also realizing that he has sent innocent people to their death. However, Hale is also naive and easily manipulated, and these serious character flaws cause him to foolishly believe false evidence, leading to the execution of innocent victims who died for crimes they did not commit. Like Proctor, he falls — through his inaccurate judgments and convictions — but later attempts to correct his shortcomings. However, he is just taking pride in his job. Hale's last effort to wash some of the blood off his hands fails. He is very stern and is set in his ways.
There is blood on my head! It rips up everything I have ever believed that something so impure can happen in Gods name. Abigail demonstrates a great ability for self-preservation: she admits what she must at appropriate times, and places the blame for her actions at the most convenient source, Tituba. One of the girls, Abigail, who had an affair with a townsman, John Proctor, had tried to use witchcraft to harm his wife. Someone so innocent could convince anyone of anything she pleased. Tituba admits that the devil has come to her, and that the devil promises to return her to Barbados.
Reverend Hale enters Salem as a very strong character that knows what he wants to do. Giles has a bad reputation in Salem, and people generally blame him for thefts and random fires. The particular quality of Parris that renders him dangerous is his strong belief in the presence of evil. He is very sure of himself. Abigail says that Tituba sends her spirit on her in church and makes her laugh at prayer. The author himself was held in contempt of court for failing to name names of people who might be involved in Communism.