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a widower who is not fond of kids; has enemies and most don't like him because he frequently preaches about sin and hell; witch trials make him recognize kids aren't silent objects; didn't want Mary's evidence heard because believed Proctor; Giles and Francis were trying to undermine court
Parris's slave from Barbados; first accused witch because she practices witchcraft; she cares about Betty; said she saw Sarah Good and Goody Osburn with the devil and admitted the devil told her to kill Parris
Orphan; niece of Parris; mistress of Proctor and their affair was cause of witch trials; she is a good liar, selfless and vengeful; drank the blood to kill Goody Proctor; leads "crying out" during the trial;
Parris's young daughter; one of the girls conjuring up spirits in the woods; sick at the beginning of the play; one of the girls who "cry out" during the trial
Vindictive, bitter villager who believes he has been wronged and cheated; leading village voice against the witches
Mrs. Ann Putnam
Wife of (Thomas) Putnam; first plants the idea that Betty has been bewitched; says Tituba talks to the dead
Daughter of the Putnams; she asked Tituba to conjure up her dead siblings; one of the girls who "cry out" at trials;
Putnams' servant; also involved in accusation of witches; one of the girls who "cry out" during the trial; her and Abigail robbed Parris before leaving town
Good man with human frailties and a hidden secret; Hired Abigail to work there and had feelings for her which is the main cause of the trials; often the voice of reason in the play; accused of witchcraft but stands firm throughout the play
Wife of (John) Proctor; a cold, but upright woman who at first cannot forgive her husband's frailties; an accused witch; she fires Abigail because she's "soiled". She eventually lies for the first time in court, which surprises John.
one of the girls who was in the woods with Abigail conjuring spirits and one of the girls who "cry out" during the trial; Proctor's servant and the one who gave Elizabeth the poppet; told the proctors 39 women arrested, Goody Osburn will hang, and Elizabeth's name was mentioned in court; an easily swayed young, lonely girl who plants the evidence of witchcraft on Elizabeth;calls Proctor "the devil's man"
Rev. John Hale
A minister who is a recognized authority on witchcraft; holds himself to very high standards; only goals are: light, goodness, and preservation, at the play's end tries to save the accused; he changed his mind about the accused.
Wife of the respected Francis Nurse; midwife; exemplary Christian; accused of being a witch, making Rev. Hale reconsider if the trials are justified; escorted at the end to be hanged
Husband of Rebecca; had land dispute with the Putnams Giles Corey Old, garrulous villager; inadvertently causes his wife to be accused
mentally unstable, homeless; Abigail accuses her of witchcraft. Like the slave Tituba, she's an easy target because she is one of the bottom most rungs of society
Doctor's messenger to Parris; one of the girls who "cry out" during the trial
clerk of the court; Charged with arresting the witches
Also charged with arresting the witches; acts as jailkeeper
Giles Corey's wife who likes to read; accused witch; also accused of putting a spell on Walcott's pigs
strong old man and has only recently converted to Christianity. He's likable, but is not too bright; says his wife likes to read too much as a result she's accused of being a witch; accused Putnam of using the trial to get land; tortured in a press
Dep. Gov. Danforth
Deputy Governor of Massachusetts who is taken in by the testimony; attempts to get confessions of accused witches and rejects postponing hangings
One of the judges for the trials
Salem; 1692:Puritans came to America because unhappy with Anglican Church; believed God is sovereign; paralles between the Salem witch trials and the McCarthy proceedings of the late 1940s and early 1950s
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