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Pontius Pilate Indeed The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller, is set in Salem, Massachusetts. The hysteria begins with suspicion that a group of adolescent girls found dancing in the woods are guilty of witchcraft. The reverend of Salem subsequently predicts on Reverend Hale, who hails from Beverly, to come determine the truth. Threatened with intense punishment girls tell lies that Satan had owned them and falsely accuse others of working with the Devil. Among the women has an infatuation with John Proctor, a married guy, and her determination to get rid of his naive wife, Elizabeth fuels the hysteria. Reverend Hale is a exceptional character because he is both a catalyst and a preventer of the hysteria. His main character defect, like many a folks, is the failure to defend his own beliefs. In order to characterize Hale as a naГЇve outsider, Miller reveals Hale as misled since he defends the justness of the court and afterwards as guilt-ridden because he realizes the court is untrue. In Seeing Hale as a naГЇve outsider, Miller uses the four means of characterization to explain him as a non invasive str...