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What is Reverend Hale's main motivation, main conflict, and personality in The Crucible? I'm very bad at American Lit. so if you can't give all the information please give as much as you can.

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Ultimately, Reverend Hale is more motivated by his desire to assist the victims of the Salem Witch Trials than he is by his own vanity and pride. When he returns to the town in Act Four, he tells Danforth his reason: "What, it is all simple. I come to do the Devil's work. I come to counsel Christians they should belie themselves." He is attempting to persuade the people who are about to be hanged for witchcraft to lie and confess; if they confess, then they will not be executed. He believes that "life is God's most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it," as he tells Elizabeth Proctor. He feels that lying is far less of a sin than allowing oneself to be executed when one could do something to prevent it. Of course, the people scheduled to die are, in the end, more interested in maintaining their own integrity, and they will not confess to a crime of which they are not guilty.

Further, Hale is also motivated by his guilt. He tells Danforth, "There is...

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