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In The Crucible, what is Hale's view of his mission in Salem, and what does he mean...

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In The Crucible, what is Hale's view of his mission in Salem, and what does he mean when he says the Devil is "precise"?

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writergal06 | Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted January 15, 2013 at 4:00 PM (Answer #1)

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Hale sees himself as the expert in supernatural matters. He comes to Salem with the mission of finding the truth behind the girls' illnesses. Unlike many of the townspeople in Salem, Hale is open to the idea that the illness is NOT related to witchcraft in the village. Hale's comment about the Devil being precise is a response to the superstitious claims of the Putnam's. Hale truly believes that, should it be the Devil's work, there will be specific evidences that go beyond religious superstition. 

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