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    Character Analysis:
  1. Reverend Samuel Parris
  2. Reverend John Hale
  3. John Proctor
  4. Elizabeth Proctor
  5. Abigial Williams

Book by the real John Hale

Character Profiles:

Reverend John Hale

Depiction of the trials


C. Quote:

"I have gone this three month like out lord into the wilderness. I have sought a christian way for damnations doubled on a minister who councels men to lie.(132)

D. Explanation of Quote:

Rev. Hale realizes that he has caused death to the innocent. He recognizes that by coaxing people to confess so their lives will be saved, he also is coaxing people to lie, which is wrong. By his realization he can no longer work on the side of Hathorne and Danforth.

E. Symbol: Mirror F. Meaning: A mirror shows the reflection of something before it, and this is what Rev. Hale is. He reflects what is going on in the village of Salem because he is objective to what he sees; he is a stranger to the inner workings and dramas that is Salem, and his only bias is God. As the play starts out he shows the fear of the possibility of witch craft by warning the people of Salem about the signs. Then as the trials heat up he mirrors the seriousness of the judges and of the people in the trials, defending both sides. And finally in the end he mirrors the desperation of both John and Elizabeth Proctor as he pleads with John to confess.