MBTI Type: ISFJ
Reverend Hale has made detecting witchcraft his area of expertise and specialty, so people trust him to come to town and determine the truth. When he first arrives in town, he is slow to form any judgments about anyone or anything—he insists upon gathering detailed evidence and asking many questions to get to the bottom of things. He warns the locals against premature conclusions and says “we must not look to superstition,” and carefully consults his books on theology and demonic activity before he makes any decisions (they are “weighted with authority” since others have set down things to look for when dealing with the devil and his minions). Unfortunately, his tendency to go along with situations means he is taken advantage of by Abigail, who manages to successfully convince him for a long time that she is telling the truth. When he questions John and his wife about their faith, and John dismisses his own forgetfulness about not committing adultery being a commandment, Reverend Hale says theology is a “fortress, and no crack in a fortress can be accounted as small.” He is a warm and compassionate man who wants to do right by people, not just accuse them of witchcraft and sentence them to death for their sins. He takes the time to ask questions and gets to know everyone in town, as he follows up his leads, and advocates for them when and wherever possible. He is lenient up to a point, but also believes in compromising for the greater good—something John Proctor cannot do in the end. Hale urges him to tell a lie (confess to witchcraft) to escape his sentence, because he cannot think of any other way to save his life and get him off the hook, and urges his wife to convince him not to go to the gallows. He is tormented by the knowledge that he has sent innocent people to their deaths, based on the testimony of a girl who has told him too many lies. He tries to convince Elizabeth to help save her husband’s life (and her own) by reminding her that “life is God’s most precious gift, let him live to save his life,” and to “remove the shame” of his adultery from him, so he can be helped. Hale is a deeply thoughtful man, who ponders things extensively, and makes mistakes when not given the time and space to think. He works against the court, which he now see as corrupt (and tries to get them to compromise, so he can save more lives) and surrenders to its authority because of church hierarchy. His intuition starts working late in the process, when he realizes that Abigail is telling lies and John Proctor and his wife are telling the truth, out of nowhere. He suddenly sees through their words and evidence that they are innocent and he has been mislead. This truth, that he was easily manipulated, forever haunts him.
Enneagram: 6w5 so/sp
Hale has chosen to place his faith in a system, the Church, and in the books that promise to give him wisdom and guidance against the devil. He arrives reliant upon their wisdom and convinced of their accuracy, sure that if he goes by it in making his decisions, he will not make any mistakes, but is also doubtful and questioning. He wants to gather enough information to prove definitive cases. When others arrive, he defers to their authority, despite being an “expert” in his field, but he does not take them at face value, either… the longer he is in town, the more he starts questioning everything, and once convinced that Proctor is telling the truth, Hale starts to doubt everything he knows, and to rethink it all, reframing it in the context of a newfound realization that he has been mislead. Hale questions the court’s authority in his quest for justice. He carefully tests people, defies authority (while being unable to do much against it), and brushes aside telling a lie to save one’s own life, saying it is the right thing to do (he doesn’t realize it invalidates itself morally and the entire court process). He urges Elizabeth to save her husband, even if it means signing a document that admits to something that is not true, and saying God will understand. His 5 wing is self-reliant and also trustful of book knowledge; he tends to hide behind and feel proud of everything he knows and has studied, but is also fearful of drawing too much negative attention to himself.