Study Guide

The Crucible Characters

By Arthur Miller

John Proctor

Meet John. (Hi, John!) He cheats on his wife, he can't remember the entire ten commandments even...

Abigail Williams

Sometimes literature throws us a bone in the form of a really awesome antagonist. Someone we...

Elizabeth Proctor

Elizabeth is good. She's moral. She's upright. She's composed. And she's also colder than Salem,...

Reverend Parris

Parris is a wormy little character. If Abigail is a magnetic, Saruman-like villain, Parris is...

Mary Warren

Mary is a likable enough character, but ultimately proves herself to be a total weenie. She's one...

Reverend John Hale

Talk about a character arc. Hale starts out with a Van Helsing-esque vendetta (against witches,...

Tituba

Tituba, the Reverend Parris’s slave, is a woman from Barbados who practices what the...

Giles Corey

Giles Corey is a strong old man who has only recently converted to Christianity. He's likable,...

Betty Parris

Betty, Reverend Parris’s daughter, falls sick after the girls are caught dancing in the...

Deputy Governor Danforth

Deputy Governor Danforth oversees the witchcraft trials in Salem, as well as in other parts of...

Thomas Putnam

Thomas Putnam is a greedy man who urges Reverend Parris to be strong and face up to the...

Mrs. Ann Putnam

To be fair, Mrs. Putnam might not mean any harm—she just wants to find out why her babies...

Rebecca Nurse

Rebecca is a pillar of the community, a devoutly religious woman in her seventies. When she is...

Francis Nurse

Francis Nurse is a good man and a good husband who has the courage to stand up to the court and...

Ezekiel Cheever

Cheever is appointed by the court to arrest those accused of witchcraft. He is purely obedient to...

Marshal Herrick

We don't know much about Marshal Herrick, except that he's a marshal and his name is Herrick. He...

Judge Hathorne

The judge presiding over the Salem witch trials along with Deputy Governor Danforth.

Mercy Lewis

Mercy is the Putnams’s servant and Abigail’s most faithful friend. Mercy is with...

Susanna Walcott

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

Sarah Good

Sarah is a mentally unstable homeless lady whom Abigail accuses of witchcraft. Like the slave...

Martha Corey

Martha Corey is accused of witchcraft after her husband, Giles, states that she reads strange...

Hopkins

Hopkins appears briefly in Act IV as the jailer, but he doesn’t have a speaking part.