Reverend Parris' neice. She is the main conspirator and "ring leader" of the accusers. She had an affair with John Proctor and was still in love with him and had made a charm against Elizabeth Proctor. She was once the Proctors' servant. She tries to protect herself from punishment from Reverend Parris after she was found dancing around the fire in the forest. She is an orphan who watched as her parents were murdered by Indians. She is a vile girl who charges witchcraft against those who oppose her. (act 1 & 3)
In Act One, she has just been caught dancing in the woods. She was spotted by Parris and "fainted" and became "ill". She was sleeping and dreaming wildly. When Parris leaves, she jumps up and flies to the window, still acting. Abigail tells her that she is done and Parris knows everything. Later on, she becomes one of the "circle girls" and accuses citizens of witchcraft.
She is barely present in the play. With the exception of the third act. She plays the role of actress. She screams when queued.
Mercy is a servant to Thomas and Ann Putnam. She is also a member of the girls accusing citizens of witchcraft. She is shy and scared towards her elders early on, but later she becomes over confident.
She is the daughter of Ann and Thomas Putnam. In the beginning of the play, she is near deathly ill and unable to appear. She was among the girls that were caught dancing in the woods. Her mother wanted her to work with Tituba to discover the reason behind the death of her seven babies. The rest of the play, she is acting.
Mary Warren is the servant of Elizabeth and John Proctor. In Act One, she is scared because she knows she and the girls were caught dancing. She said she only watched, but Abigail brought up the fact that Parris had seen Mary's night dress lying on the ground. In Act Two, Mary has been going to court with Abigail and the other girls and "doing God's work" by accusing citizens of witchcraft and testifying against them. She defends Elizabeth in the court as well, when her name was mentioned by Abigail Williams. In Act Three, Mary tries to stand up against the girls because she has had enough, and John Proctor has "persuaded" her to do so. She is giving her best, but Abigail and the others are too strong and too manipulative. In the end, Mary accuses John Proctor calling him "the Devil's man."
In the beginning of the play, he seems overly concerned with the welfare of his daughter Betty Parris, but as the play continues his "true colors" are shown. He is more worried about his reputation than anything else. He has an intense dislike towards John Proctor. He knows that something is amiss with the court proceedings, but he keeps things going for the sake of himself and the court. (all acts)
Hale was summoned to Salem in Act One because of his expertise in the area of the supernatural. Parris was hoping Hale would be able to rule out the idea of witchcraft being the cause of his daughters illness. In the beginning of the play Hale is confident in himself and his field, but later on we find him becoming less and less confident and more and more insecure. He doesn't trust his own judgment. In act three and four, he denounces the court and begs for forgiveness for putting all of those people to death. He greatly dislikes Abigail Williams as well.
She was Reverend Parris's slave from Barbados. She was with the girls when they danced and she conjured the spirits of Ann Putnam's seven dead children. She was the first person convicted of witchcraft, since the girls thought it would be easy to pin the situation on her, since she was an odd ball foreigner. She was also the first person to accuse others or witchcraft, since the easiest way to spare herself was blame others and admitt to the charges no matter their truth. Also, she becomes so into the character of being in contact with the Devil that in act four she says that she in Sarah Good are going to Barbados with him. She also offered Herrick the opportunity of her talking to the Devil for him. (act 1 & 4)
Elderly lady who was accused of witchcraft, but she is pregnant so they can't harm her until her child is born, since the court doens't want to hurt an innocent child. She smoked a pipe and didn't have a husband this whole time. (act two)
George Jacobs was accused of witchcraft by Thomas Putnam's daughter, Ruth Putnam, and this is thought to have been due to the fact that Putnam wanted Jacobs' land. Giles Corey stated that if Jacobs hangs for a witch he will forfeit up his property by law and there is no one rich enough to buy the land but Putnam. Therefore, Putnam is killing his neighbors for their land. (act 3)
Herrick is a marshal of the court. He doesn't necessarily enjoy his line of work, but he knows he must abide by the law. Whenever he has the chance he slips in a side note to help John Proctor. He seems to hold the uptmost respect for John Proctor. He is in charge of the arrest and executionary procedures of the court.
He used to be a tailor, but ever since the witchcraft hysteria he has been a clerk of the court and has served the arrest warrants to the people charged with witchcraft. In act 2 he visited Elizabeth Proctor and that is when he found the poppet with the needle stuck in it. This poppet was originally created by Mary Warren and it was given to Elizabeth as a setup. During this act Cheever was continuously asked to explain what the poppet was supposed to represent and he never answered the question. He also told the court that John Proctor ripped up the warrant for his wife's arrest and damned the court, because Cheever thought it was his duty due to the fact that he was an official of the court. (act 2 & 3)
He was the Deputy Governor of Massachusetts and presided over the Salem witch trials. He shows that his greatest interest is preserving the reputation of the court when he prompts Proctor to sign a confession in act four. Danforth is a grave man in his sixties. He sent near to four hundred people to jail and seventy-two were condemned to hang by his signature. He seemed out of the loop in act 3, since he didn't know any of the townspeople since he is not from Salem and also because some of the information wasn't given to him. For instance, the fact that Giles Corey had told Reverend Hale that his wife had been reading books that stopped his prayer or so Giles just thought. He ordered Herrick also known as the Marshal to take Proctor and Giles Corey to jail. Danforth wanted to hang Proctor and might have done so, we will never know due to the fact that the end of act four doesn't clearly say that he was hung. (act 3 & 4)
He is one of the guards at the jail cell in act four and he tells Herrick that the Deputy Governor also known as Danforth had arrived. (act 4)
Francis is the husband of Rebecca Nurse, and a well-respected wealthy landowner in Salem. He joins Proctor and Giles in their challenge against the court when their wives are charged with witchcraft. Francis was told by Danforth that he could write a plea to the court and in due time Francis would be able to be heard. He told Danforth that the girls were frauds. He collected ninety-one signatures stating the peoples' opinion of Rebecca, Elizabeth, and Martha. (act 3)