Characters of The Crucible

By: Heather Jo Reynolds

John Proctor

He was a farmer who lived just outside town. His wife was Elizabeth Proctor. He was a very stern and mean man. He had a hidden sin, his affair with Abigail Williams. When the hysteria begins, he hesitates to expose Abigail as a fraud because he worries that his secret we be exposed and his good name will be ruined. He is important to the play because he helps show the idea of fraud and hidden secrets.

Abigail Williams

Abigail was Reverend Parris niece. She was once the servant for the Proctor household, but Elizabeth Proctor fired her after she discovered that Abigail was having an affair with her husband, John. Abigail is smart, a good liar, and evil when messed with. She is deffently the villain of the play: she tells lies, manipulates her friends and the entire town, and eventually sends nineteen innocent people to their deaths. Throughout the hysteria, Abigail has so much jealousy and a desire for revenge on Elizabeth Proctor. She is important to the play because she helps show the idea of Jealousy and revenge.

Reverend John Hale

Hale was a young minister. He was an expert on witchcraft (supposely). He was a committed Christian. Reverend Hale was called to Salem to examine Reverend Parris daughter Betty. He absolutly hated witchcraft. He was very inteligente and ignorate. He later regrets his actions and attempts to save the lives of those accused. He is important to the play beause he helps show arrogance.   

Themes

Hysteria goes along with the play because the whole withcraft and hangings. Hysteria really describes all the crazyness withn the play.Intolerance goes along with the play because of Reverend Parris, he wanted everything his way. The Putmans also show intolerance through out the play with all their hatred towards everyone. They didnt think it was far for other people to be happy and not them. Reputation goes along with the play because of John Proctor, Reverend Parris, Abigail Williams and more. Reputation is shown by when some wouldnt confess.