Throughout the history of man-kind, people have placed authority over them to govern them with justice and fairness to all, with the best interest of the people in mind. There is a risk by doing so, many people forget about those placed in power. They are just human who are not perfect and make mistakes just like everyone around them.
In Salem, witchcraft consumed the minds of those inhabitants there and truck fear in all hearts. No one could be trusted who lived in Salem, so experts and judges from out of town were brought in to put an end to the hysteria. They were men of strong religious belief who applied it to every aspect of their profession. Most of them, like Deputy Governor Danforth, let the illusion of witchcraft consume him and let affect his judgment of things. “You are combined with the anti-Christ are you not? . . .” When Proctor tried to show everyone that witches were fake, he was accused of being one because anyone that seemed different in the way they thought or acted was a likely suspect for being a witch. Everyone believed that the girls really did suffer and couldn’t see the lies that they told everyday during the witch trials.
Hale was one of the men put into authority who, as time went on, saw what really was going on. People were so focused on a perfect religion that anything out of the ordinary causes panic and destruction. The girls wanted some attention, when they were supposed to be silent figures in the background, they saw this as an opportunity to get away with things they were not before. Hale seems to be the only one along with Proctor to see what their true intentions are. Since they are not higher up in authority their opinion is shot down and ignored by others.
Most placed into authority in Salem never really based their judgment on true religious belief. Rather they just go off on what others say around them, in order to not be convicted of witchcraft or viewed differently. “Let you beware. . ....