Reverend Hale’s goal upon his arrival to Salem is to remove any trace of the Devil
Reverend Hale’s goal upon his arrival to Salem is to remove any trace of the Devil. Arthur Miller writes that Hale is a well educated and logical man; Harvard graduate with a desire to aid the townsfolk with his expertise. While conversing with Reverend Parris, Hale, feeling the need to wisely contribute to the conversation, claims, “We cannot look to superstition in this. The Devil is precise; the marks of his presence are definite as stone” (38). There is no superstition in all of the statements regarding witches. In addition, Reverend Hale expresses his belief in the idea of witchcraft, while also explaining that his committed to the cause. At this point, Hale appears to be an arrogant, yet misled character.