The Crusible Essay

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Haley Belleville Mrs. Perkins Language Arts III 28 October 2010 Arthur Miller’s The Crucible Arthur Miller’s The Crucible was written to draw parallel to the McCarthy trials of the day. During these trials, people were accused of treason (communism) by wild speculations and the blind testimony of others accused. These methods were the same as those shown by Miller in witchcraft, and the characters based on actual historical participants in the trials. One of these people was Reverend John Hale, the minister from Beverly called in as an expert in the very beginning. Once he is introduced to the story as a witchcraft expert, the hysteria ensues, making him think he was the cause of the deaths of all of these innocent people, a regret he shows later in the play. Reverend Hale exemplifies The Crucible literally, in that he is sent through this emotionally and spiritually trying test, and comes out the better for having done it. He shows that he, through all this hysteria and turmoil, is able to realize how easy corruption is. In the beginning of the play, Hale is a distinguished Reverend from Beverly practiced in witchcraft that comes to Salem on the call of reverend Parris. When he arrives, he instantly supports the idea of witchcraft, with no evidence. “We shall need hard study if it comes to tracking down the [Devil],” he says just as soon as he walks in the door. His statement shows how at this point he is very sure of himself, and believes he knows best. Later, he shows that while he does believe it is witchcraft, they shouldn’t let it run free based on fallacy. “We cannot,” he commands, “look to superstition in this. The Devil is precise. . . you are to believe me if I should find no bruise of hell upon her.” He illustrates here that if it isn’t proven witchcraft they should believe him on that. When Tituba confesses, Hale is fooled and believes that he is

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