College Papers

Here Reverend Hale refuses to take a position of action against the witch trials

Here Reverend Hale refuses to take a position of action against the witch trials. He recommends that they “rest upon the justice of court” even though even he is shocked at the arrest of Rebecca Nurse. (71) His choice to remain passive in this section demonstrates the power of fear over common sense. Rebecca Nurse has been a respected member of the community for years and the “very brick and mortar of the church” (71) Yet because Hale has “seen too many frightful proofs” he is convinced that anyone can be a witch. This mentality is not singular to Hale, he represents the entire hysterical mood of the town.