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___________________________The Crucible by Arthur Miller


 

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The Crucible

 

Major Character List:

Francis Nurse: He was the head of the Nurse family and was a respected man in town. He tried to stop the trials by aiding John Proctor.

Rebecca Nurse: She is a very kind women who is the midwife to the Putnam's. They feel she is a witch because seven out of eight of their children died at birth.

Reverend Parris: He is the local Minister. He discovers the girls dancing. He is mainly responsible for the witch trials. He is a materialistic man, places gold candlesticks in the church.

Betty Parris: She is Reverend Parris' daughter, is caught dancing and pretends to see spirits.

Tituba: She is Parris' Negro slave who teaches the girls about spirits.

Abigail Williams: She is the niece of Parris and a very emotionally strong person. She scares people into doing what she wants them to do. She leads the girls in the accusations. She accuses Elizabeth Proctor because she( Abigail) had an affair with John Proctor and feels he still has feelings for her. Without Elizabeth in the picture she feels they can have a relationship together.

The Putnams: Attributed the death of seven of their children to Rebecca Nurse . They are wealthy land owners, holds many grudges in the town.

Mary Warren: She works for the Proctor's. She gives the puppet to Mrs. Proctor, which leads to her accusation of being a witch. She was going to testify against the girls but then in the end she accuses John of being a witch.

John Proctor: He opposes the expenditures of Reverend Parris in the church. He is well-known and respected in the town. He had an affair with Abigail, but after Elizabeth is accused by her, he no longer has feelings for her and realizes how many feelings he has for her.

Elizabeth Proctor: She discovers that John is having an affair, but forgives him. She is incapable of lying.

Reverend John Hale: He is the minister who is called in to investigate the witch trials. At first he believes them, but later he returns to the town to try and stop the trials.

Deputy Governor Danforth: He is the judge at the witch trials. He is dedicated to removing all witches. He rules by the law and will not allow exceptions or anyone to try to undermine his court.

 

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