The Crucible Act 1 Characters


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The Crucible Act 1 Characters

  1. 1. The Crucible Act I Characters
  2. 2. Parris <ul><li>The recently appointed minister in Salem and father of Betty Parris. </li></ul><ul><li>Parris is dogmatic in his opinions, intolerant of opposition, and suspicious of those whom he does not like. </li></ul><ul><li>His belief in witches and his desire to punish his enemies set in motion the chain of events that leads to the hysteria in Salem. </li></ul><ul><li>During the witch trials, he pressures Danforth, the chief judge, to punish those who, in his opinion, are possessed or in league with the Devil. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Tituba <ul><li>The black slave of Reverend Parris, believed to be practicing witchcraft. </li></ul><ul><li>She is from Barbados. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Abigail <ul><li>Reverend Parris' niece. </li></ul><ul><li>An intelligent, resourceful, and highly mischievous girl of seventeen, Abigail is the natural leader of the other girls in Salem. </li></ul><ul><li>She instigates the witch trials by falsely accusing others of witchcraft. </li></ul><ul><li>She pretends to see spirits and instructs the other girls to pretend as well. </li></ul><ul><li>She is also infatuated with John Proctor and keen to take Elizabeth's place. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Susanna <ul><li>Friend to Abigail. </li></ul><ul><li>She also takes part in the trials by falsely accusing others of witchcraft. </li></ul>
  6. 6. ThomAS Putnam <ul><li>A rich, unscrupulous farmer who is out to expand his land holdings by any means. </li></ul><ul><li>He systematically accuses his neighbors of witchcraft so that he might purchase their lands after they hang. </li></ul><ul><li>He is manipulative, close-minded, and domineering. </li></ul><ul><li>He expects everybody to respect him and accept his opinions. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Mrs. Ann Putnam <ul><li>Wife of Thomas Putnam. </li></ul><ul><li>She believes that a witch is responsible for the deaths of her seven infant children. </li></ul><ul><li>Her jealousy of Rebecca Nurse leads her to accuse Goody Nurse of being a witch. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Mercy Lewis <ul><li>Servant to the Putnams and friend to Abigail. </li></ul><ul><li>She participates in the witch trials by pretending to see spirits and falsely accusing individuals of witchcraft. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Mary Warren <ul><li>The young maidservant of the Proctors. </li></ul><ul><li>Although Mary is honest and well-intentioned toward the Proctors, when faced with the prospect of suffering, her sense of self-preservation overrides her natural goodness. </li></ul><ul><li>She is very much afraid of Abigail and also does not want to be cut off from the other young girls. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Betty <ul><li>Parris’ daughter. </li></ul><ul><li>Her father discovers her dancing in the woods, and she later accuses individuals of practicing witchcraft. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Rebecca Nurse <ul><li>Wife of Francis Nurse. </li></ul><ul><li>She is one of the most respected individuals in Salem because of her kindness and charity. </li></ul><ul><li>She argues against the witch trial investigations. </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Putnam accuses her of witchcraft. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Giles Corey <ul><li>Elderly inhabitant of Salem. </li></ul><ul><li>A sincere, well-intentioned, though cantankerous, old farmer. </li></ul><ul><li>He is frank and forthright in his thinking and utterances. </li></ul><ul><li>He is on good terms with John Proctor and Francis Nurse. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Proctor <ul><li>A young, upright, outspoken, successful farmer in Salem. </li></ul><ul><li>He loves and respects his wife and is repentant of the one act of adultery he has committed with Abigail Williams, his former servant. </li></ul><ul><li>He resents the greediness and holier-than-thou attitude of Reverend Parris and, therefore, invites his wrath and suspicion. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Rev. Hale <ul><li>A minister from the nearby town of Beverly who is called by Reverend Parris to investigate his suspicions of witchcraft in Salem. </li></ul><ul><li>As he becomes aware of Abigail's, Parris', and Hathorne's hidden agendas, he begins to question the validity of the trials, in which he acts as a judge. </li></ul><ul><li>He then tries to convince Danforth of the truth, but lacks the courage and conviction to openly oppose him. </li></ul>