The Crucible Character Analysis Flashcard Example #79243

Abigail Williams
17 year old niece of Rev.Parris
Had an affair with John
Abi: Motivation
To protect herself
Her desire to have John Proctor all to herself
Witnessing her parent’s death
Abi: Personality Traits
Good at deceiving others
Violent
Untrustworthy
Leader
Vengeful
Betty Parris
10 year old daughter of Rev. Parris
Betty: Motivation
Scared to get in trouble
Betty: Personality Traits
Scared
Reverend Parris
Salem’s minister; disliked by many people in the town
Parris: Motivation
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
Parris: Personality Traits
Defensive
Self-absorbed
Nervous
Paranoid
Ann Putnam
Mother of Ruth and seven babies who died at birth
Mrs. Putnam: Motivation
Depression from losing seven children
Desire for revenge for the death of her children
Mrs. Putnam: Personality Traits
Paranoid
Crazy
Depressed
Mary Warren
The Proctor’s current servant
Warren: Motivation
Her fear of Mr. Proctor
Her fear of Abigail and the other girls
Warren: Personality Traits
Submissive and inferior
Unreliable
Naive
Lonely
Thomas Putnam
Father of Ruth
Richest man in the village who can afford to buy any land forfeited by a “witch”
Mr. Putnam: Motivation
Accused others as a way to gain their land
Wants to persecute his enemies
Mr. Putnam: Personality Traits
Well-to-do, hard-handed landowner
Used to getting his way
Vindictive
Tituba
Rev. Parris’s slave from Barbados
Tituba: Motivation
She knows she can never win because of who she is
She’s smart enough to know how to save herself
Titbua: Personality Traits
Intimidated by authority
Smart
John Proctor
Husband to Elizabeth; had an affair with Abigail
Mr. Proctor: Motivation
Doesn’t want his secret to come out
His dignity
His desire to do what is right
Mr. Proctor: Personality Traits
Cautious
Reasonable
Dignified
Elizabeth Proctor
Wife of John Proctor
Mrs. Proctor Motivation
Her faith in God
To preserve her dignity
To protect her husband
Mrs. Proctor: Personality Traits
Practical
Tenderhearted
Reasonable
Honest
Giles Corey
83 year old man who provides comic relief in the play
Corey: Motivation
To feel/look/sound important
To protect the innocent
Corey: Personality Traits
Sharp
Clever
Inquisitive
Physically strong
Reverend Hale
An expert on witchcraft
Comes to Salem to investigate possible witchcraft
Hale: Motivation
His experience and knowledge
His faith in the court
His conscience telling him what the real truth is
Hale: Personality Traits
Quick to come to conclusions
Doesn’t consider all the facts
Practical
Good-intention
Danforth
The deputy governor of the province
Leads the witchcraft trials
Danforth: Motivation
Maintain the court’s authority
Danforth: Personality Traits
Authoritative
Powerful
Intimidating
Rebecca Nurse
72 year old woman from Salem
Nurse: Motivation
Her faith and her wisdom
Nurse: Personality Traits
Highly respected
Wise
Gentle
Fair
Logical
Mercy Lewis
17 year old girl
The Puntnams’ servant
Lewis: Motivation
To protect herself and Abigail
Lewis: Personality Traits
Sly
Merciless
Marshal Herrik
An authority of the court
Herrik: Motivation
His duty to the court
His guilty conscience
Herrik: Personality Traits
Dutiful
Guilty Conscience

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