The Crucible Character List & Flashcards

The Crucible Character List & Flashcards
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Mary Warren
New servant in the Proctor household. She is then manipulated by Abigail into making false accusations of witchcraft against the Proctors.
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Betty Parris
The daughter of Rev. Parris. Her illness is blamed on witchcraft, sparking the hysteria that brings about the Salem Witch Trials.
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Abigail Williams
Former servant of the Proctor household, who lost her position after having an affair with John Proctor and utilized the fear of witchcraft to extract revenge against John and his wife.
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McCarthyism
Period during the 1950's where Americans suspected of secretly being communists were persecuted by US Senator Joseph McCarthy.
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Salem Witch Trials
Interrogation and subsequent execution of people accused of Witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692.
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Arthur Miller
1950's playwright who wrote The Crucible; accused of contempt of Congress and of being a communist during the McCarthy era.
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The Crucible
Play written in 1953 by Arthur Miller, using the Salem Witch Trials as a metaphor for McCarthyism.
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Flashcard Content Overview

Have you eve been accused of something you didn't do? If so, you know how difficult it can be to prove your innocence and save your reputation. Learn how false accusations during McCarthyism are related to the play, The Crucible and increase your understanding of the roles of various main characters.

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The Crucible
Play written in 1953 by Arthur Miller, using the Salem Witch Trials as a metaphor for McCarthyism.
Arthur Miller
1950's playwright who wrote The Crucible; accused of contempt of Congress and of being a communist during the McCarthy era.
Salem Witch Trials
Interrogation and subsequent execution of people accused of Witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692.
McCarthyism
Period during the 1950's where Americans suspected of secretly being communists were persecuted by US Senator Joseph McCarthy.
Abigail Williams
Former servant of the Proctor household, who lost her position after having an affair with John Proctor and utilized the fear of witchcraft to extract revenge against John and his wife.
Betty Parris
The daughter of Rev. Parris. Her illness is blamed on witchcraft, sparking the hysteria that brings about the Salem Witch Trials.
Mary Warren
New servant in the Proctor household. She is then manipulated by Abigail into making false accusations of witchcraft against the Proctors.
John Proctor
Main character, married to Elizabeth Proctor. He is focused on his pride and reputation. He is hanged after refusing to sign a confession to being a witch.
Elizabeth Proctor
The wife of John Proctor, who insists Abigail be fired from her position as the household servant after discovering her husband's affair. She is later accused of witchcraft by a revenge-seeking Abigail. She forgives her husband of his adultery just before he is executed.
Rev. Parris
Salem minister more concerned with his status in the community than his faith. His daughter Betty falls sick, giving his niece Abigail an opening to accuse others of witchcraft.
Rev. Hale
Expert in witchcraft, this minister comes to Salem to assist in finding and prosecuting witches. He realizes the truth about Abigail's false accusations too late to save John Proctor from hanging.
Tituba
Slave belonging to Rev. Parris who practices Voodoo for Abigail, but is spotted dancing in the woods by Rev. Parris and is subsequently accused of witchcraft.
Rebecca Nurse
Well-respected member of the Salem community accused of witchcraft by Abigail, and hanged alongside John Proctor when she refuses to confess.
dichotomy
Theme in The Crucible which utilizes contrasting opposites such as God and the Devil, men and women, community and individual.
Puritan
Believers in the reformation movement within the Church of England, traveled to colonial America to escape persecution. Their beliefs become the foundation for religious, social and political aspects of early colonial life in New England.

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