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The Crucible

The Crucible


by Arthur Miller

 Table of Contents

The Crucible Character Quotes

John Proctor Quotes

Proctor's ProblemJohn Proctor, The Crucible's protagonist, has some major issues. We can see why. Back in the day, he had everything your average Puritan man could want: a goodly farm to ceaselessl...

Abigail Williams Quotes

Villain Extraordinaire Abigail is vengeful, selfish, manipulative, and a magnificent liar. This young lady seems to be uniquely gifted at spreading death and destruction wherever she goes. She has...

Elizabeth Proctor Quotes

Elizabeth's positive qualities are also her negative ones. She is a virtuous woman who is steadfast and true. These traits also make her a bit of a cold fish. When we first meet her, she's especial...

Reverend Parris Quotes

Parris is a wormy little character. Miller says in his notes that he found nothing redeemable about the historical Parris. As a result, he evidently felt no need to make his fictional version any b...

Mary Warren Quotes

Mary is a likeable enough character, but ultimately proves herself to be a bit spineless. She's one of the girls who was caught in the forest with Abigail, dancing and conjuring spirits – tho...

Reverend John Hale Quotes

With notable exception of John Proctor, Hale gets our vote for most complex character in The Crucible. We say so, because Hale goes through a major personal journey over the course of the play. He...

Tituba Quotes

Tituba, the Reverend Parris’s slave, is a woman from Barbados who practices what the Puritans view as “black magic.” Of course, it's mainly because the conniving Abigail manipulates her into...

Betty Parris Quotes

Betty, Reverend Parris’s daughter, falls sick after the girls are caught dancing in the forest and conjuring spirits. Though her sickness is feigned, it spurs on the witchcraft rumors and ope...

Deputy Governor Danforth Quotes

Deputy Governor Danforth oversees the witchcraft trials in Salem, as in other parts of Massachusetts. He likes to think of himself as fair-minded, so it disturbs and angers him to discover that peo...

Thomas Putnam Quotes

Thomas Putnam is a greedy man who urges Reverend Parris to be strong and face up to the witchcraft in their midst. He uses his daughter to accuse people whose property he covets. Miller, and most h...

Mrs. Ann Putnam Quotes

To be fair, Mrs. Putnam might not mean any harm – she just wants to find out why her babies have been dying, and she’s sad and angry about it.

Rebecca Nurse Quotes

Rebecca is a pillar of the community, a devoutly religious woman in her seventies. When she is accused of witchcraft, it makes the Reverend Hale pause and reconsider whether the proceedings are jus...

Ezekiel Cheever Quotes

Cheever is appointed by the court to arrest those accused of witchcraft. He is purely obedient to what he is told to do and doesn’t seem to consider whether he’s part of a false and unj...

Susanna Walcott Quotes

Susanna is one of the girls under Abigail’s spell (pun intended!). She joins in condemning various villagers as witches.
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