A man proud of his own knowledge and accomplishments

A man proud of his own knowledge and accomplishments, John Hale, was called upon to help with the problems occurring in Salem. John Hale underwent various changes throughout the play. His changes were fueled by the events that occurred and the things he witnessed. He arrived optimistic about his ability to help but soon he changed his mind. John Hale was attempting to help with the talk of witchcraft, eventually he realized what was occurring and he decided he wasn’t going to be part of it, and by the end he returned to try and save the lives of the people who were unjustly accused of witchcraft and dealing with the Devil.
Reverend John Hale entered Salem with hopex of using his experience and knowledge to cure the town of any evil and witchcraft. He was initially summoned to Salem by Reverend Parris. “Hale, with a tasty love of intellectual pursuit: .. ‘Have no fear now- we shall find him out if he has come among us, and I mean to crush him utterly if he has shown his face!’ He starts for the bed” (Miller, 39). This shows that John Hale came with the goal of finding all evils and getting rid of them. This is important because at the beginning of the novel Hale is focused and motivated to drive out all evils. “Hale: ‘Tituba. You must have no fear to tell us who they are, do you understand? We will protect you. The Devil can never overcome a minister. You know that, do you not'” (Miller, 46). This shows Hale’s deep belief in the existence of evils in Salem. This is important because this event forced Tituba to say names which began more accusations from others. John Hale strongly believed there were evils in Salem and he planned on ending everything.
John Hale soon encountered John Proctor and his wife which led to him losing the desire to take part of the persecutions. “Hale: ‘But it does not follow that everyone accused is part of it'” (Miller, 98). This shows that Hale begins to doubt the guilt of the people accused. This is important because he begins the doubt the truthfulness of the accusers and the accusations. This event in the play is the shift in Hale’s evolution. “Hale: ‘I denounce these proceedings, I quit this court!’ He slams the door to the outside behind him” (Miller, 120). This shows that John Hale no longer believed in what was occuring in the courthouse. This is important because John Hale was no longer a firm believer in the things that were happening and the way they were being handled. This saw him change from the man so proud of his previous experiences to an individual who no longer believed in the accusations.
At the conclusion of the play, John Hale returns to try and save the people who were going to get hanged. “Hale, coming to Danforth now: ‘You must pardon them. They will not budge'” (Miller, 129), “Hale: ‘Excellency, if you postpone a week and publish to the town that you are striving for their confessions, that speak mercy on your part, not faltering'” (Miller, 130). These quotes show that John Jale now believes in the innocence of the accused. This is important because he is trying to convince Danforth to give the accused more time and he is trying to save them. At the end of the play, John Hale pleads Elizabeth to save Proctor because he is innocent. “Hale: ‘Woman, plead with him!’ … ‘Woman! It is pride, it is vanity.’ … ‘Be his helper!- What profit him to bleed? Shall the dust praise him? Shall the worms declare his truth? Go to him, take his shame away'” (Miller, 145). This shows that Hale believed that Proctor shouldn’t have died for what he died for. This is important because he pleaded for his life to be saved and he deeply believed that it was an unfair and unnecessary death.
John Hale evolved from a man full of pride and content that he had been called upon to a man pleading for the life of another. He had came to Salem to save lives from the Devil and from witchcraft but at the end he was attempting to save lives from injustice and false accusations. Hale saw the flaws of the court and the vile lies spread by people in Salem. He witnessed innocent individuals being arrested and hanged. Throughout the play Hale was exposed to various events and people who changed his true purpose in Salem and essentially changed who he was.