What is Reverend Hale's motivation, main conflict, and personality in The Crucible?

Reverend Hale's motivation is to find the witches in Salem and prevent them from doing the devil's work. His main conflict comes when he begins to realize how unjust and illogical the trials are. Ultimately, his personality is a complex mix of intellectual pride and sensitive conscience.

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Reverend Hale enters The Crucible in act 1 with the status of a visiting expert, almost akin to a special detective called in to investigate a crime. He has spent much of his life studying witchcraft and is confident that he knows more about it than anyone else present. Since he thoroughly believes that there are witches in the world and that they do the bidding of Satan, he is determined to use his specialist knowledge to find and destroy the witches. However, he is also thoughtful and essentially fair-minded man who is not eager to see witchcraft where there is none and wishes to spare the innocent.

Hale's role, therefore, is that of detective and judge: to find and punish the guilty, ending their evil influence in the world. He faces internal, however, when he sees how the arrests and trials in Salem are conducted. Even for someone who believes deeply in witchcraft, the injustice of Danforth and Hathorne's investigation is obvious. Hale eventually comes to realize that his own role in...

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