By Act IV, Hale realizes that he has made grievous error. Do you think that Hale encourages Proctor to confess primarily because of his guilt or his concern for proctor's life?
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Both, Hale wants to save Protor's life, and he wants to right the wrong he has done by adding to the chaos of the witch trials. His guilt comes from his part in the murders of the people already killed.... Proctor's life would be another he'd have to atone for.