The Crucible Character Breakdown

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Reverend Samuel Parris

Parris instigates the witchcraft panic when he finds his daughter and niece dancing in the woods with several other girls. Parris is continually beset with fears that others conspire against him. Knows the truth that Abigail is lying about the the witchcraft, but perpetuates the deception because it is in his own self -interest. 30 to 45 years old.

Reverend John Hale

A scholar, Hale approaches the accusations precisely and intellectually, believing that he can define the supernatural in definitive terms. Despite his early enthusiasm for discerning the presence of the supernatural, soon grows disillusioned and defends Proctor when he challenges Abigail – does so out of guilt, fearing he’s responsible for the execution of innocent persons. Late 20’s to early 30’s.

Giles Corey

An irascible and combative old resident of Salem, Corey is a frequent plaintiff in court, having brought dozens of lawsuits, and he stands with Proctor in challenging the girls’ accusations. 50 plus.

 

Mary Warren

Servant in the Proctor household, Mary is one of the girls found dancing in the woods and is complicit in Abigail Williams’ schemes. Although weak and tentative, she challenges the Proctors when they forbid her to go to court. Eventually breaks down and testifies against Abigail until Abigail charges her with witchery.  A pliable girl whose actions are easily determined by others. 15 to 18 years old.

Tituba

Parris’ slave from Barbados. The first person accused of witchcraft – and likewise the first person to accuse others of witchery. 18 to 40 years old

Thomas Putnam

One of the wealthiest landowners in Salem, holds longstanding grudges against many other citizens. Prepared to back accusations – particularly if they can work in his favour. 30 to 55 years old.

Judge Hathorne

Judge who presides over the Salem witch trials, he remains largely subservient to Deputy Governor Danforth. Applies the same tortured reasoning to charges of witchcraft, but still occasionally attempts to talk sense to Danforth. 35 plus.

Francis Nurse

Husband of Rebecca Nurse, and a well-respected wealthy landowner in Salem. Francis Nurse joins Giles Corey and John Proctor in their challenge against the court when their respective wives are charged with witchcraft. 50 plus.

Betty Parris

Young teenager daughter of Reverend Parris, goes into hysterics when the charges of witchcraft first form, holding delusions that she can fly and exclaiming with horror when she hears the name of Jesus. 14 to 18 years old.

Sarah Good

One of the first women charged with witchery by the girls, she is a homeless woman who confesses to witchcraft to save herself and continues the charade with Tituba, claiming that Satan will take her and Tituba to Barbados. Open age.

 

Ezekiel Cheever

Ezekiel is a clerk of the court who serves the arrest warrants to the persons charged with witchcraft. 18 – 28.

Mrs. Ann Putnam

The wife of Thomas Putnam, Ann suspects that there is some paranormal reason for the stillborn deaths of seven of her children and blames Rebecca Nurse. 30 -55

Mercy Lewis

The Putnam’s servant – eighteen year – old girl whom Parris found naked when he spied the girls dancing in the woods. Only too happy to throw others under the proverbial bus to save her own skin. She runs away with Abigail at the end of the play.18 to 24 years old.

Susanna Walcott

Susanna is one of the girls whom Parris found dancing in the woods, and a confidant of Abigail. 15 to 18 years old.

Marshal Herrick

Marshal is one of the local constables who guards the jail cells while nearly drunk. 18 to 30 years old.

Hopkins

Hopkins is one of the guards at the jail cell. 18 to 30 years old.