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Essay for The Crucible

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Essay for The Crucible Cameron Palmer Mr. Allums Period B October 16, 2007 Reverend Hale’s presence in Salem, Massachusetts instigated the hysteria in the town over witchcraft. The pressure from the citizens to fulfill his duty and his feeling that he needed to support the judicial system led to him initiating the madness in Salem. The amount of buildup around his name brought the feeling that he needed to fulfill his duties. Many of the citizens in Salem had heard of Reverend Hale and what he could do. He was a so-called expert on witchcraft and had a strong hatred of the devil. When he arrived in Salem he brought books on witchcraft and “they were weighted with authority.” This quote tells the reader that he thought highly of himself and he knew that he had authority and that he had a duty to find out what is wrong with Betty. Because he was a witchcraft expert, people thought Betty was bewitched. Therefore, many people expected Hale to fulfill his duties by accusing many people of witchcraft.
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