Self Discovery , The Crucible

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Self discovery is apart of life. Self discovery is growth and growth doesn’t happen overnight. It needs time. Everyone, at some point in their lives, has an epiphany. When one has this epiphany, they realize something they never knew about themselves. In The Crucible, Arthur Millar writes about three characters that have these epiphanies. Elizabeth Proctor, Reverend Hale, and John Proctor all realize something about themselves. Whether it’s from, you're a forgiving wife to realizing you're a male whore, its still growth. The journey of self discovery can often take a severe test or trial to something you never knew.

Reverend Hale slowly undergoes an examination of his beliefs and own sense of identity, through his struggle with his moral conscience where by he questions the very basis of his faith, and life ambitions. Reverend Hale, initially blinded by the over powering and oppressive sense of authority and position, is unable to see the real basis of the developing situation in Salem. When Hale arrived in Salem, he had a pile of books, and he was only going to declare witchcraft if he proved it. During some of the time in the Trials, he relied on his books to help guide him. As the Trials progressed, he used them less and less; he started using his own knowledge to find the truth. Then he questioned the court, because he wanted justice for the accused. Hale tried to get the accused to confess, so they wouldn’t face execution. Hale was using lies to foil lies. The action of the play severely tests Hale’s faith and understanding. He must acknowledge that children have manipulated his own irrefutable beliefs, while also realizing that he has sent innocent people to their death. This knowledge is a heavy burden, but it changes Hale for the better. Although he questions his own faith and doctrine, he does not abandon religion altogether.
John Proctor is always
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