The Crucible By Arthur Miller - Jessamine County

The Crucible By Arthur Miller - Jessamine County

The Crucible By Arthur Miller CHARACTERS Introductory Information Written by Arthur Miller In 1953 A fictional recreation of the Salem Witch Trials, their origins, and a psychological investigation of the act of persecution and

McCarthyism. Main Characters of The Crucible Characte r Physical Descriptio n Personalit y Traits

Action s Motivation s Opinion Reverend Parris Mid-40s Widower with children

Not a bad father, just did not understand children Lacked control in his household Paranoid and self-pitying Concerned with what others think of him Power-hungry Disliked by parishioners Hostile Betty Parris

10 year old daughter of Reverend Parris Falls into stupor After father caught her dancing in the woods Her illness sparks rumors of witchcraft Abigail Williams Orphaned

Niece of Rev. Parris Strikingly beautiful Smart and cunning Dissembling Hides true feelings and motives Vindictive Mysterious rumors about her purity Leader of the group

Tituba Rev. Parriss slave From Barbados Cares about the children Is the first accused of witchcraft Confesses and Repents!

John Proctor Mid 30s Successful farmer Even-tempered and easy going Thinks for himself Often seen as a loner

Respected in Salem Logical and tolerant Sees himself as a sinner Elizabeth Proctor John Proctors wife Sickly Virtuous Cold Eager to please her

husband Timid Avoids conflict Often sad Mary Warren 18 years old Proctors servant

Lonely Easily influenced by others Worried Thomas Putnam 50 years old Eldest son of richest man in Salem Wealthy Landowner

Fights with others over land Greedy Nosy Jumps to conclusions Vindictive

Little concern for others Ann Putnam 45 years old Thomas wife Haunted and twisted soul

Lost 7 infants Blames others for misfortunes Nosy Ruth Putnam Thomas and Anns daughter Only surviving

daughter Falls into stranger stupor After Rev. Parris found dancing in woods Like her soul was taken

Mercy Lewis 18 years old Girl in Abigails group Fat Sly and merciless Apathetic Beat Ruth when ill Francis Nurse Respected in the town

Serves as unofficial judge for disputes Self-made man Resented by others Target of jealousy Enemy of Thomas Putnam

Rebecca Nurse 72 years old Francis wife Gentle, caretaker Calm and strong Experienced Believes sickness just boredom of teenage girls

Reasonable Wants peace and tolerance in Salem Giles Corey 83 years old Comical Hero Blamed for everything Deeply innocent Ignorant and

uneducated Martha Corey Giles third wife Enjoys reading Leads to her accusation of witchcraft Reverend John Hale 40 years old from Beverly Specialist in demonology

Intellectual Reserves judgment His arrival sets the hysteria in motion Ezekiel Cheever Clerk of the court Upright citizen Determine to perform duty for court

Deputy Governor Danforth 60 years old Grave Allows humor Still business-like Great respect for court Honest True Puritan Believes he is doing what is right Sense of Justice

Judge Hathorne Presides over the witch trials Rushes to judgment Impatient Partial and unfair PowerPoint Presentation taken from nche2.wikispaces.com/Characters+PowerPoint+c

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