The Crucible Characters Act 1

Reverend Parris The minister of Salem’s church. Reverend Parris is a paranoid, power-hungry, yet oddly self-pitying figure. Many of the townsfolk, especially John Proctor, dislike him, and Parris is very concerned with building his position in the community. Daughter is Betty the sick girl.
John Proctor A local farmer who lives just outside town; Elizabeth Proctor’s husband. A stern, harsh-tongued man, John hates hypocrisy.But he has a hidden sin—his affair with Abigail Williams—that proves his downfall. When the hysteria begins, he hesitates to expose Abigail as a fraud because he worries that his secret will be revealed and his good name ruined.
Ann Putnam Thomas Putnam’s wife. Ann Putnam has given birth to eight children, but only Ruth Putnam survived. The other seven died before they were a day old, and Ann is convinced that they were murdered by supernatural means.
Reverend John Hale A young minister reputed to be an expert on witchcraft. Reverend Hale is called in to Salem to examine Parris’ daughter Betty. Hale is a committed Christian and hater of witchcraft.
Betty Parris Reverend Parris’s ten-year-old daughter. Betty falls into a strange stupor after Parris catches her and the other girls dancing in the forest with Tituba. Her illness and that of Ruth Putnam fuel the first rumors of witchcraft.
Elizabeth Proctor John Proctor’s wife. Elizabeth fired Abigail because she thinks she is impure. Elizabeth is supremely virtuous, but often cold.
Thomas Putnam A wealthy, influential citizen of Salem, Putnam holds a grudge against Francis Nurse for preventing Putnam’s brother-in-law from being elected to the office of minister.
Tituba Reverend Parris’s black slave from Barbados. Tituba agrees to perform voodoo at Abigail’s request.
Mary Warren The servant in the Proctor household and a member of Abigail’s group of girls. She is a timid girl, easily influenced by those around her.
Ruth Putnam The Putnams’ lone surviving child out of eight. Like Betty Parris, Ruth falls into a strange stupor after Reverend Parris catches her and the other girls dancing in the woods at night.
Abigail Williams Reverend Parris’s niece. Abigail was once the servant for the Proctor household, but Elizabeth Proctor fired her. Abigail is smart, wily, a good liar
Rebecca Nurse Francis Nurse’s wife. Rebecca is a wise, sensible, and upright woman, held in tremendous regard by most of the Salem community.
Giles Corey An elderly but feisty farmer in Salem, famous for his tendency to file lawsuits.

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