The Crucible


both parris and hale try to persuade proctor to make a false confession. how are hales motivations different from parris's? what justification does hale use to attempt to persuade proctor to confess? use examples from the play to support your answers.

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Certainly Parris wants Proctor to confess to get rid of him. Parris has a vendetta against Proctor and Proctor's confession helps solidify his role as religious watchman over the village. Hale knows this trial is a sham. By the end of the story his belief in the court has all but been destroyed. He asks Proctor to sign to save his own life and the life of his wife. In the end Proctor can not sign because "all he has is his name."