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REVEREND HALE: ROUND AND DYNAMIC By Matt Bender, Amy Felzke, John Kaczmarek Contributions from Tyler Slater
ROUND/DYNAMIC Dynamic Character a character who changes through out the show due to a major realization. Round Character A person who is developed with their traits, both bad and good, during the duration of the story.
HALE AT THE BEGINNING Hale feels as though he is an expert on witches. “They must be; they are weighted with authority.” (36) At first he does not want to jump to conclusions, not believing they were witches until he found ‘proof.’
HALE AT THE BEGINNING, CONTINUED As Hale’s research continues with the witches, he begins to believe that there are real witches in Salem. Hale first questions Abigail, which leads him to Tituba. ‘Did you call the Devil last night?’ (42) Hale has the supposed witches confess with guilt and the fear of eternal damnation.
At the begging of Act II Hale is unsure of himself and the people he is sentencing to death Hale says to Proctor and Elizabeth, “I am a stranger here, as you know. And in my ignorance I find it hard to draw a clear opinion of them that come accused before the court.”(63). Because he is unclear about people, he is going to people’s houses to get his opinion on them “… I go from house to house…”(64) Hale begins to see that Parris’ may not be the best person ever. Proctor says, “It does, sir, it does; and it tells me that a minister may pray to God without he have golden candlesticks upon the altar.” followed by Hale asking, “What golden candlesticks?”(65) However, Hale still sides with Parris. Hale says in Parris’ defense, “The man’s ordained, therefore the light of god is in him.”(66)
ACT II Hale sides with Francis Nurse about his wife being taken Hale says to Francis, “Believe me, Mr. Nurse, if Rebecca Nurse be tainted, then nothing’s left to stop the whole green world from burning.”(71) However, he still believes the court will find innocent people innocent. He states, “Proctor, the court is just---”(77) Hale says he will testify for Elizabeth, showing that he does believe some people aren’t witches. He tells Proctor, “What I have heard in her favor, I will not fear to testify in court.”(78)
At the beginning of Act III, Hale is leaning towards not believing the girls and believing Proctor and the other accused villagers. But he is still not 100% sure. He shows that he has a couple sides to him. “Is every defense an attack upon the court? Can no one –?” (94) Hale wants it to be a fair court and can’t understand why Parris thinks that every time someone stands up for themselves it is an attack on the court. “I cannot say he is an honest man; I know him little. But in all justice, sir, a claim so weighty cannot be argued by a farmer.” (99) Hale wants Proctor to be able to defend his wife and feels the only way to fairly do it is to have a lawyer help him. “Excellency, I have signed seventy-two death warrants; I am a minister of the Lord, and I dare not take a life without there be a proof so immaculate so slightest qualm on conscience may doubt it.” (99) Hale is saying that he will not let anyone die unless it is 100% proven that they are guilty and that he is not to that point yet. BEGINNING OF ACT: SHOWS HE IS ROUND ROUND
At the end of the act, he feels that he knows that they are innocent and that the girls are lying and wants to help them. “Excellency, this child’s gone wild!” (119) Hale is convinced that Mary and the other girls have gone crazy and he knows that proctor is telling the truth. He is trying to convince Danforth of the exact same thing. “I denounce these proceedings, I quit this court!” (120) Hale is tired of all the stuff Danforth is believing, and he gets so mad that he finally just leaves the court room. END OF ACT: SHOWS HE IS DYNAMIC DYNAMIC
HALE – A DYNAMIC CHARACTER At the beginning of act IV, Hale returns to Salem hoping to convince Proctor, Rebecca Nurse, and the others to confess Hale has completely changed his mind about the witch trials When Danforth asks him why he has returned, he replies with sarcasm, “Why, it is all simple. I come to do the devil’s work. I come to counsel Christians they should belie themselves.” Then he adds, “There is blood on my head! Can you not see the blood on my head!!” meaning that he was responsible for the murder of innocent people, and wants it to end Earlier in the book Hale was so serious about the witch trials, and is now using sarcasm while talking about them
It’s very clear what side Hale is on in Act Four Hale tries to save Proctor and Rebecca Nurse’s lives by trying to convince them to confess (To Elizabeth) “Let you not mistake your duty as I mistook my own. I came into this village like a bridegroom to his beloved, bearing gifts of high religion; the very crowns of holy law I brought, and what I touched with my bright confidence, it died; and where I turned the eye of my great faith, blood flowed up. Beware, Goody Proctor – cleave to no faith when faith brings blood. It is mistaken law that leads you to sacrifice. Life, woman, life is God’s most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it.” At the very end of the act, it says, “Hale weeps in frantic prayer,” which says a lot about his character at the end of the book. He is desperate to make things right, and upset that he believed lies in the first place, and innocent people died because of him. HALE – A ROUND CHARACTER
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