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The Crucible Arthur Miller

Reverend Samuel Parris
The minister of Salem. A former merchant, Parris is consumed with his credibility and frequently complains that the town does not pay him enough, making him a great deal of refuse. When the trials begin, he is designated as a prosecutor and assists convict most of those implicated of witchcraft. Towards the end of the play, he is betrayed by his niece Abigail and begins receiving death threats from angry loved ones of the condemned. (In reality, Parris left Salem in 1696, the year his spouse, Elizabeth, died. He discovered his situation untenable. Records in the Suffolk Deeds indicate it likely he went back to company in Boston in 1697. He preached 2 or 3 years at Stow. He moved to Concord in 1704 or 1705. He also preached 6 months in Dunstable in 1711. He passed away on February 27, 1720, in Sudbury, where he had invested his last years. In 1699 he had actually remarried, to Dorothy Noyes, in Sudbury.)
The Parris household slave, Tituba was brought by Parris from Barbados when he moved to Salem and has served him considering that. Using her understanding of herbs and magic, she has been secretly helping Abigail and her pals make love potions, and even carries out a seance on behalf of Ann Putnam. After being framed for witchcraft, she confesses and is subsequently imprisoned with Sarah Good. By the fourth act, she has actually been driven mad by the severe conditions and her ending is unidentified.
Abigail Williams
The main villain of the play. [7] Abigail formerly worked as a maid for Elizabeth Proctor. After Elizabeth believed Abigail of having an illegal relationship with John Proctor, Williams was fired and disgraced. Using her status as Parris’s niece to her benefit, she implicates numerous people of witchcraft, becoming one of the most powerful individuals in Salem. Ultimately, she runs away Salem with her uncle’s fortune rather than face the repercussions of her actions.
Susanna Walcott
A servant girl and part of Abigail’s inner circle.
Ann Putnam
A rich and well-connected member of Salem’s elite. She has one child, Ruth (in reality, Ann Putnam, Jr.), however has lost seven other children to illness. Thinking witches to be accountable, she eagerly sides with Abigail. (In reality, Ann Putnam (née Carr) had twelve kids, ten of whom survived their parents, who both passed away in 1699).
Thomas Putnam
One of the richest men in Salem. He is greedy and conniving, utilizing the accusations as cover to acquire land seized from convicted witches.
Betty Parris
The ten-year-old child of Samuel Parris and among the main accusers.
Mercy Lewis
Another primary accuser. In the fourth act, she flees with Abigail to avoid arrest for tricking the court.
Mary Warren
The Proctor family’s servant. She at first helps John, but later on switches on him to save herself.
John Proctor
The play’s protagonist and hubby of Elizabeth Proctor. A regional farmer, John is understood for his self-reliance and mood, which typically gets him into trouble with the authorities. Contemporary keeps in mind describe him as a “strong-willed monster of a man”. [8] Shamed by an affair with Abigail, John attempts to stay out of the trials, but when Elizabeth is charged, he attempts to expose Abigail’s deception in court. Betrayed by his maid Mary Warren, John is accused of witchcraft and sentenced to hang. He refuses to confess out of anger towards the court, however eventually relents. After discovering that his confession will likely drive his partner and kids into disrepute, he decides to rather confess guilt. He is lastly hanged in addition to several other founded guilty witches.
(The genuine John Proctor was also an innkeeper in addition to a farmer, and was aged 60 when performed; Elizabeth was his third other half. He was highly and vocally opposed to the witch trials from their beginning, being especially scornful of spectral proof utilized in the trials. As in the play, Elizabeth was implicated of practicing witchcraft and apprehended before John. Unlike the play, John maintained his innocence throughout the experience. He was hanged in August, 1692.) [8]
Giles Corey
A friend of Proctor’s. He becomes persuaded that the trials are being used to take land from the guilty and presents evidence to show his claim. When the court demands to understand where he got it, he refuses to cooperate and is sentenced to be pressed to death. (The character is based upon a real individual of the very same name, who was likewise pressed when he would not plead guilty to charges of witchcraft.)
Rebecca Nurse
Although an elderly, highly regarded member of the neighborhood, she is sentenced to death on charges of witchcraft (and, in the play, infanticide). (In reality, the jury initially acquitted Nurse but were ordered by William Stoughton to ponder further. One of her two sis, Mary Easty (or Eastey), was likewise hanged for witchcraft in reality, and the other, Sarah Cloyce, directly got away.)
Reverend John Hale
A young minister from Beverly, Massachusetts, known for his understanding of witchcraft. He begins as a fervent and dedicated servant of the court, using his position to examine and charge presumed witches. Disappointed with the corruption and abuses of the trials, he later on attempts to save as numerous suspects as possible by getting them to admit. (In reality, Hale was in his mid-fifties when the witch trials started.)
Elizabeth Proctor
John’s other half. She is also implicated of witchcraft, but is spared the death sentence due to being pregnant. She suspects her other half for his adultery, however ultimately picks to forgive him when he refuses to admit to false charges.
Ezekiel Cheever
The clerk of Salem’s General Court. He is responsible for crafting the warrants used to detain suspected witches.
George Herrick/John Willard
Herrick is the town marshal of Salem, and leads the effort to find and arrest those accused of witchcraft till he falls under despair and turns to alcohol addiction. Willard is one of his deputies until he refuses to carry out anymore arrests, at which point he is charged with witchcraft and hanged.
Judge John Hathorne
One of the two judges presiding over the court. Hathorne is a deeply pious guy whose blind faith in Abigail’s dependability is mostly responsible for the destruction wrought by the trials.
Deputy Guv Thomas Danforth
The primary judge of the court. He sees the proceedings as an opportunity to seal his power and impact, eagerly convicting anyone brought before him. His rejection to suspend the trials even as they tear Salem apart makes him, according to Miller, the true bad guy of the play. (Most of the characterization of Danforth really originates from the real life Magistrate William Stoughton, who accepted spectral proof, and as chief judge inclined to believe that all the accused were guilty. In fact, the real Danforth opposed the use of “spectral evidence” and was much more inclined to believe the accused.)
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