The Crucible

How would you describe Hale’s view of the hysteria seen in court?

Act 2

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Hale believes in the innocence of some who've been charged, but he also thinks that some of the hysteria must be based on fact. 

HALE: (Pleading.) Charity, Proctor, Charity—what I have heard in her favor I will not fear to testify in court. God help me, I cannot judge her guilty nor innocent…. I know not. Only this consider—the world goes mad, and it profits nothing you should lay the cause to the vengeance of a little girl.


The Crucible