Characters of the Crucible Flashcards

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unyielding
adamant
Salem's marshal
Herrick
Elizabeth Proctor
Johns wife
Ann Putnam
Thomas' wife
to delay punishment of
reprieve
Ezekiel Cheever
superstitious and credulous
Betty Parris
Reverend Parris's ten-year-old daughter. She 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.
Thomas Putnam
Vindicative, bitter villiager who believes he has been wronged and cheated; leading villiage voice against the witches.
danforth
The Deputy Governor of Massachusetts and the presiding judge at the witch trials. Honest and scrupu-lous, at least in his own mind, He is convinced that he is doing right in rooting out witchcraft.
Theocracy
A government ruled by religious authority. (Puritans)
Tituba
Parris' black slave. Parris discovers her casting spells and making potions with the girls in the woods.
Mary Warren
Gave a poppet to Elizabeth.
Rev. Parris
Minister of Salem. Greedy. Only worried about his reputation and ability to keep his job.
Death of a Salesman
Millers most famous play
Mercy Lewis
This character disappeared along with Abigail before the trials were over
Abigail Williams
reverend Parris's niece, the one behind all of the accusations and pretense of the court; had affair with John Proctor
Hale
A minister who is a recognized authority on witchcraft; at the end of the play tries to save the accused
Judge hathorne
in his sixties, bitter, romorsless, judge
Rev Hale
An expert in demonology and witchcraft; not a fool
Herrick
Marshall of Salem; helps arrest the women
Sarah Good
Accused witch who cracks under the strain of imprisonment.
Mr. Putman
mean has a grudge and feels entittled
Rebecca Nurse
Kind old lady, wise, had many children
Ruth Putnam
The Putnams' lone surviving child out of eight. Like Betty Parris, she falls into a strange stupor after Reverend Parris catches her and the other girls dancing in the woods at night.
Deputy Governor Danforth
Deputy Governor of Massachusettes who is taken in by the testimony' attempts to get confessions of accused witchs.
john proctor
A local farmer who lives just outside town; Elizabeth Proctor's husband. A stern, harsh-tongued man, John hates hypocrisy. Nevertheless, 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.
Francis Nurse
- A wealthy, influential man in Salem. Nurse is well respected by most people in Salem, but is an enemy of Thomas Putnam and his wife.
Reverend Parris
Pastor of the church of Salem. Betty's father and Abigail's unlce.He believes he is being persecuted and the townspeople do not respect his position. He fears that the village people will try to get rid of him. It is easy for him to believe the girls, because if he doesn't then it would mean he is not in control over his own house and therefor the villiage would not entrust him with thier lives.
Ezekial Cheever
Former tailor who is appointed by the court to assist in arresting accused individuals.
Goody Ann Putnam
wife of Putnam; lost 7 babies at child birth; asked Tituba to conjure spirits of these dead babies
gallows
gibbet
crafty, cunning
wily
excessive indulgence in sex
lechery
Judge Danforth
deputy governor in Massachuesetts, judge at the witchtrails,
Lucifer, Old Boy
other names for the Devil
Marshal Herrick
Man who took woman to prison
Giles corey
83, knotted with muscle, canny, inquisitive, and still powerful
Judge Samuel Sewell
One of the judges in trials
Susanna Walcott
Friend to Abigail. She also takes part in the trials by falsely accusing others of witchcraft.
Goody Putman
Ruth's mother, had 8 children only one survived
Betty Paris
Daughter of Parris, she is weak and goes along with her cousin as soon as threatened.Abilgail gives her a valid reason for dancing in the woods, she lies mute in the bed, terrified of her fathers reaction. She is easily made into Abigails tool.
Reverend John Hale
Reputed to be an expert on witchcraft. He is called in to Salem to examine Parris's daughter Betty. He is a committed Christian and hater of witchcraft. His critical mind and intelligence save him from falling into blind fervor. His arrival sets the hysteria in motion, although he later regrets his actions and attempts to save the lives of those accused.
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