This is a critical paper on "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller. How reverend hale is a dynamic character.

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The Crucible

In the book The Crucible by Arthur Miller, there are many dynamic characters. Reverend Hale is a dynamic character because his voice of opinion changes throughout the play. Reverend Hale changed drastically from the time that he arrived at Salem until the end of the play. The play began with Hale acting as a voice of authority and later converted to the voice of reason. Reverend Hale's time spent in Salem changed his views on witchcraft once again. After finding out more facts about the trial he became the voice of truth.

Initially, Reverend Hale is seen as a voice of authority. He begins by exclaiming that the books about witchcraft, which he has brought with him, are, "weighted with authority." (Page 19) He arrives anticipating to find the accused residents of Salem as guilty. Later he stated, "Have no fear now--we shall find him out if he has come among us, and I mean to crush him if he has shown his face!" (Page 20) After examining one of the girls who claimed to be possessed by the devil, Hale went to Tituba and said, "When the devil comes to you does he ever come...

with another person? Perhaps another person in the village? Someone you know." (Page 24) In that statement by Reverend Hale he is implying that Tituba has contact with the devil, he does not ask her if she is involved with the devil in anyway, but instead concludes that she does. Hale is also seeking other people that he can accuse of witchcraft by inquiring for other names.

Later Reverend Hale begins to investigate, he begins to seek evidence that people accused of committing witchcraft are actually guilty. At this point in the play, Hale is beginning to shift away from the voice...