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Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible

By Arthur Miller

Rebecca Nurse

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 just and fair. After her arrest and conviction, Rebecca continues to be a pillar of the community—the community of falsely accused people. She is an example of strength and resolve for those who choose not to confess, even though it means going to their death.