Why is Reverend Hale the most important, most relevant character in the Crucible?

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Student’s Name: Professor’s Name: Course: Date: The Role of Reverend Hale The Crucible, Arthur Miller's play largely delves on how inconsistencies in extreme behavior can lead to dark desires and hidden agendas. Reverend Hale is one of the main characters in the play who is portrayed as an intellectual, naïve witch hunter who exhibits a dynamic character throughout the play. As an intellect, he believes in the knowledge in books. His main role as a witch hunter is to investigate the claims of witchcraft by eliciting confessions from the suspects. This paper, therefore, examines the role of Reverend Hale as the most relevant character in the play. Reverend Hale is the only character who represents the dichotomy of witchcraft which is associated with malicious activities in Salem. At the beginning of the play, his arrival in Salem, he carries many books in his determination and confidence to fight the spirit of witchcraft. “They must be, they are weighted with authority” (Miller 36). Hale devotes himself to his faith and insists in unearthing the truth not knowing that the subject disputes the struggle of power in the community and the church. He confesses that the devil is very precise as his marks are definite as the stone (Miller 38). His primary desire is to help the afflicted through conversion and removing the “infected” inhabitants from Salem. Thus, he is the only hope for the city. Throughout his investigations, Reverend Hale shows resilience and determination as compared to other characters. In the court proceeding, he initially believes that women are not associated with witchcraft. He is ready to defend their innocence in a

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