The Crucible

Witchcraft

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Characters: Abigail Williams John ProctorReverend Parris                                             Reverend Parris- Pastor of the church in Salem.  He is the father of Betty and the uncle of Abigail Williams.  He believes that he is being persecuted and that the townspeople do not respect his position as a man of God.  He secures his desires in the town by preaching fire and brimstone until the people give in.  The townspeople have ousted the last few pastors and Parris fears that he may be next.  It is only too easy for him to believe the girls because to not believe them would mean that the trouble would be in his own house (Betty and Abigail).  If he cannot control his own household, he may not be trusted with an entire village.  John Proctor-Husband to Elizabeth.  He had an affair with Abigail when she was employed in his household.  He knows that the girls are pretending but cannot tell what he knows without revealing having been alone with Abigail. When Abigail uses her influence to convict his wife, he tries to tell the truth and finds himself condemned.  He refuses to admit to witchcraft or to consider Abigail as anything more than a lying whore. He is hanged.  Abigail Williams- Orphaned niece of Reverend Parris.  She was once the lover of John Proctor but was turned out when his wife discovered the affair.  She is extremely jealous of Elizabeth Proctor and uses her power in the town to rid herself of Elizabeth as well as any others who have insulted her in the past.  She cannot let go of her obsession with Proctor.  She is the leader of the girls
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