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The Crucible

Character's Descripition

Netasha Peterson

on 12 September 2012

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Transcript of The Crucible

Act I Scene I Characters Reverend Samuel Parris Reverend Parris’s ten-year-old daughter. Betty
falls into a strange stupor after Parris catches
her and the other girls dancing in the forest
with Tituba. Her illness and that of Ruth
Putnam fuel the first rumors of witchcraft. Betty Parris Reverend Parris’s black slave from Barbados.
Tituba agrees to perform voodoo at Abigail’s
request. Tituba Reverend Parris’s niece. Abigail was once the
servant for the Proctor household, but
Elizabeth Proctor fired her after she discovered
that Abigail was having an affair with her
husband, John Proctor. Abigail is smart, wily,
a good liar, and vindictive when crossed. Abigail Williams John Proctor’s wife. Elizabeth fired Abigail
when she discovered that her husband was
having an affair with Abigail. Elizabeth is
supremely virtuous, but often cold. Elizabeth Proctor A young minister reputed to be an expert on
witchcraft. Reverend Hale is called in to Salem
to examine Parris’s daughter Betty. Hale is a
committed Christian and hater of witchcraft.
His critical mind and intelligence save him
from falling into blind fervor. His arrival sets
the hysteria in motion, although he later
regrets his actions and attempts to save the
lives of those accused. Reverend John Hale A local farmer who lives just outside town;
Elizabeth Proctor’s husband. A stern,
harsh-tongued man, John hates hypocrisy.
Nevertheless, he has a hidden sin—his affair
with Abigail Williams-that proves his downfall.
When the hysteria begins, he hesitates to expose
Abigail as a fraud because he worries that his
secret will be revealed and his good name
ruined. John Proctor Thomas Putnam’s wife. Ann Putnam has given
birth to eight children, but only Ruth Putnam
survived. The other seven died before they
were a day old, and Ann is convinced that
they were murdered by supernatural means. Mrs . Ann Putman A wealthy, influential citizen of Salem, Putnam
holds a grudge against Francis Nurse for
preventing Putnam’s brother-in-law from
being elected to the office of minister. He uses
the witch trials to increase his own wealth by
accusing people of witchcraft and then buying
up their land. Thomas Putnam The Putnams’ lone surviving child out of
eight. Like Betty Parris, Ruth falls into a
strange stupor after Reverend Parris catches
her and the other girls dancing in the woods
at night. Ruth Putnam One of the girls in Abigail’s group. The
Putnams' eighteen-year-old servant. She was
caught dancing in the woods with Tituba,
Ruth, Mary, Betty, and Abigail. She pretends
to see witches. Mercy Lewis The minister of Salem’s church. Reverend
Parris is a paranoid, power-hungry, yet
oddly self-pitying figure. Many of the
townsfolk, especially John Proctor, dislike
him, and Parris is very concerned with
building his position in the community. Francis Nurse’s wife. Rebecca is a wise, sensible
, and upright woman, held in tremendous
regard by most of the Salem community.
However, she falls victim to the hysteria when
the Putnams accuse her of witchcraft and she
refuses to confess. Rebecca Nurse A wealthy, influential man in
Salem. Nurse is well respected by
most people in Salem, but is an
enemy of Thomas Putnam and
his wife. Francis Nurse The deputy governor of Massachusetts and the
presiding judge at the witch trials. Honest and
scrupu-lous, at least in his own mind, Danforth
is convinced that he is doing right in rooting
out witchcraft. Judge Danforth An elderly but feisty farmer in Salem, famous
for his tendency to file lawsuits. Giles’s wife,
Martha, is accused of witchcraft, and he
himself is eventually held in contempt of court
and pressed to death with large stones. Giles Corey The servant in the Proctor household and a
member of Abigail’s group of girls. She is a
timid girl, easily influenced by those around
her, who tried unsuccessfully to expose the
hoax and ultimately recanted her confession Mary Warren Giles Corey’s third wife. Martha’s reading
habits lead to her arrest and conviction for
witchcraft. Martha Corey A man from Salem who acts as clerk of the
court during the witch trials. He is upright
and determined to do his duty for justice Ezekiel Cheever A judge who presides, along with Danforth,
over the witch trials. Judge sent to examine
some of the people accused of being witches.
Like Cheever, he has a weak character and
does whatever the law and Danforth tell him
to Judge Hathorne The marshal of Salem . In charge of arresting the accused witches . Like Cheever, he also claims he is bound by the law to follow their orders to arrest accused witches. He never questions that the law may in fact be wrong. Herrick
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