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Published on February 1, 2009

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The Crucible : Cast of Characters The Crucible Arthur Miller : Arthur Miller Wrote “The Crucible” in 1953.   Used personal experience of conviction for contempt of Congress (he refused to implicate others who had attended meeting of the American Communist Party) to write “The Crucible.” Miller wrote the play to warn against mass hysteria and to plead for freedom and tolerance. Won a Pulitzer Prize for the play “Death of a Salesman” in 1949. Slide 3: Reverend Parris: Minister in Salem. He believes a faction plans to force him to leave Salem, so he attempts to strengthen his authority through the witch trial proceedings. Betty Parris: Parris’ daughter. Her father discovers her dancing in the woods, and she later accuses individuals of practicing witchcraft. Abigail Williams: Parris’ niece. 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. Tituba: Parris’ black slave. Parris discovers her casting spells and making potions with the girls in the woods. 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. Slide 4: Thomas Putnam A greedy landowner in Salem. He systematically accuses his neighbors of witchcraft so that he might purchase their lands after they hang. Ruth Putnam The Putnam's daughter. She accuses individuals of practicing witchcraft. A witness claims to have heard Putnam say Ruth’s accusations helped him obtain land. Mary Warren Servant to the Proctors. She goes along with Abigail and the girls by falsely accusing others of witchcraft; however, she later admits that she was lying. Mercy Lewis Servant to the Putnam's and friend to Abigail. She participates in the witch trials by pretending to see spirits and falsely accusing individuals of witchcraft. Slide 5: John Proctor: Salem farmer and former lover of Abigail’s. He openly denounces Parris and does not attend church. Elizabeth Proctor: Wife of John Proctor. She is a decent and honest woman, who dismissed Abigail because of her affair with John Proctor. Reverend Hale: Minister in Beverly. The people of Salem summon him to investigate Betty’s condition and determine if witchcraft is responsible. He supports the witch trials, but later denounces them when he learns that Abigail is lying. 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. Slide 6: Francis Nurse: Farmer and landowner in Salem. He is a respected member of the community often called upon to settle disagreements between individuals. Susanna Walcott: Friend to Abigail. She also takes part in the trials by falsely accusing others of witchcraft. Giles Corey: Elderly inhabitant of Salem. He challenges the court in an attempt to defend his wife who has been convicted of witchcraft. He is pressed to death as a result. Sarah Good: Beggar in Salem. She is the first individual accused of witchcraft. Judge Hathorne: A judge in the Salem court. Slide 7: Deputy Governor Danforth: A special judge serving in the Salem court during the witch trials. He signs the death sentences for those individuals who refuse to confess their crimes. He refuses to delay any execution for fear that he will appear weak and irresolute. Ezekial Cheever: Appointed by the court to assist in arresting accused individuals. Marshal Herrick: Appointed by the court to arrest the accused individuals. Hopkins: Jailer.

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