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