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THE CRUCIBLE CHARACTER ANALYSIS
CHARACTER
Abigail Williams

DESCRIPTION OF
CHARACTER

MOTIVATION
FOR ACTIONS

PERSONALITY
TRAITS

17-year-old niece of Rev.
Parris
had an affair with John
Proctor

to protect herself
her desire to have John Proctor all to
herself
witnessing her parents’ murder

good at deceiving others
violent
untrustworthy
leader
vengeful

Betty Parris

10-year-old daughter of Rev.
Parris

scared to get in trouble

scared

Reverend Parris

Salem’s minister; disliked by
many people in the town

the fact that he has many enemies who
want him gone from Salem
doesn’t want people to find out the
truth about what happened in the
woods
wants to persecute his enemies

defensive
self-absorbed
nervous
paranoid

Ann Putnam

mother of Ruth and seven
babies who died at birth

depression from losing seven children
desire for revenge for the death of her
children

paranoid
crazy
depressed

Mary Warren

the Proctors’ current
servant

her fear of Mr. Proctor
her fear of Abigail and the other girls

submissive and inferior
unreliable
naïve
lonely

CHARACTER

DESCRIPTION OF
CHARACTER

MOTIVATION
FOR ACTIONS

PERSONALITY
TRAITS

Thomas Putnam

father of Ruth
richest man in the village
who can afford to buy any
land forfeited by a “witch”

accused others as a way to gain their
land
wants to persecute his enemies

well-to-do, hard-handed landowner
used to getting his way
vindictive

Rev. Parris’s slave from
Barbados

she knows she can never win because
of who she is
she’s smart enough to know how to
save herself

intimidated by authority
smart

husband to Elizabeth; had
an affair with Abigail

doesn’t want his secret to come out
his dignity
his desire to do what is right

cautious
reasonable
dignified

wife of John Proctor

her faith in God
to preserve her dignity
to protect her husband

practical
tenderhearted
reasonable
honest...
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