John Proctor:
* is a farmer, the husband of Elizabeth,
and the father of three young boys
* is a sturdily built, plain spoken, and does
not suffer fools gladly
* suffers inwardly fom guilt caused by an
adulterous affair and counts himself a
hypocrite for maintaining an
underdeserved "good name"
* is contrite and solicitousin his wife's
presence and yearns to regain her respect
* is a common man who behaves
heroically under uncommon circumstances
* redeems his honor by asserting his
conscience before an unjust authority
Elizabeth Proctor:
* is John's wife and the mother of his sons
* has a clear conscience, common sense,
and a lucid intelligence
* is sometimes reticent and does not
readily express her warmth
* is decisive in crisis and stoic in the face
of calamity
* is unfailingly loyal to her husband
despite his infidelity
Abigail Williams:
* is a beautiful and willful 17 year old
orphan in the care of her uncle, Reverend
* has been strongly affedted by her illicit
relationship with John Proctor and
pursues this goal relentessly
* is an audacious, cunning, and facile liar
* bullies the younger and weaker girls and
cleverly manipulates those in authority
Reverend John Hale:
* is the church authority on demonology
who is summoned to salem
* is proud of his scholararly expertise
* is to self-involved at first to asscess
accurately either the integrity or the
duplicity of others
* is the character who undergoes the
greatest tranformation in the play, his
painful metamorphosis begining as he
awakens to the consequences of his
* ultimately breaks with the court and
denounces the trials
* is the only figure of authority to
experience remorse or exhibit moral
Deputy Governor Danforth:
* is the presiding judge at the salem trials
and the highest figure of authority in the
* has an imposing presence and supreme
confidence that induces others to
acquiesce readily to his authority
Jude Hathorne:
* is Danforth's cruel, vengeful deputy
* fawns on Danforth, even as he is
ruthlessly contemptuous of the
* is implacably determined to uphold the
legitimacy of the court, even at the
expence of truth and justice
Mary Warren:
* is a lonley, impressionable girl who is
servant to the Proctors
* is timorous and easily manipulated
because of her desire for acceptance
* embraces her mission to root out
witches because it has transformed her
dreary existence into a momentous drama
of great consequence
* lacks the fortitude and sense of identity
to stand alone against a crowd
Reverend Samule Parris:
* is a windowner in his fourties who has
been minister at Salem for three years
* is obsessed with securing his social
position and material prerogatives
* is an opportunity who acts solely from
* hypocritically adjusts his stands to
accommodate shifts in the wind and the
wishes of his patrons
* fawns on superiors and treats
underlings with contempt
Giles Corey:
* is, at 83, a sturdy, mettlesome, and
fiercely independent landowner
* can be unenlightened and
pig-headed, but is also warm-hearted
and undaunted
* has made an avocaion of asserting
his rights in court by filing 33
seperate suits against his neighbors
* reveals himself in the end to be a
man of awesome courage and will