In The Crucible, why does Rev.Hale come to Salem?

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At the beginning of the play, there are rumors of witchcraft spreading throughout Salem's community, and Reverend Parris's daughter is incapacitated, which is both puzzling and disheartening to her father and the community. When Susanna Walcott enters the scene, she brings back word from Doctor Griggs concerning Betty's perplexing condition. Susanna tells Reverend Parris that the doctor cannot find any cure in his extensive library that will help Betty and suggests that Parris look to "unnatural things" as the cause of her illness. Reverend Parris then tells Susanna to inform Doctor Griggs that he sent for Reverend Hale from Beverly to investigate the possibility of witchcraft. Reverend Hale is a relatively young intellectual, who is an educated specialist in the dark arts and anything concerning the "invisible world." Reverend Hale arrives at the beginning of the play to investigate and discover the source of witchcraft throughout the community. Despite Proctor and Rebecca Nurse's warnings, Reverend Hale begins his investigation and hysteria quickly spreads throughout Salem. 

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Reverend Hale has come to Salem to provide some help or insight into the problem of the perceived possession of the girls.  He enters as a learned individual, a man of letters and someone who has the credibility as both a trained professional and outsider into the town's issues.  Hale is zealous about his "first call," and Miller describes him as such:  "His painfully acquired armory of symptoms, catchwords, and diagnostic procedures is now to be put to use at last."  He is excited about the opportunity to provide "goodness and its preservation" to the people of Salem.  At the same time, he is almost anticipating a "bloody fight with the Fiend himself."  

It is in this light where Hale comes to Salem.  It has become clear that there is an issue with the Devil in Salem and Hale wants to be a part of the solution to the problem.  This being his first assignment, he approaches it with much in way of anticipation and excitement.  For Hale, this is the chance of a lifetime.  His entry into Salem is conceived out of goodness and the belief that he is doing "God's work."  He enters Salem on the side of the prosecution.  As the drama unfolds, it becomes clear that his own certainty and maintaining it is his own crucible.

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