Characterization of the Crucible
“The Crucible”, Act One Paragraph In “The Crucible”, by Arthur Miller, various methods are utilized to characterize many of the various characters. Through “The Crucible” Miller indirectly characterizes the characters based upon there actions and of what each character states throughout the play. Miller indirectly characterizes Reverend Paris as being greedy based upon his actions of demanding to have the deed in your house he resides in and more fire wood.
Reverend Paris is likewise indirectly characterized as being self-centered due to the fact that Paris states “… I must know it now, for certainly my enemies will and they will ruin me with it” it reveals that he more concerned with his ministry rather than his own children life (Miller 10). Reverend Paris asks for Abigail to inform him the truth about what occurred in the woods to safeguard his ministry. Reverend Paris hesitates of the idea that individuals might think there is witchcraft happening in his own home. Miller indirectly identifies Abigail as being spiteful when Betty states “You did, you did!
You consumed the appeal to eliminate John Procter’s partner! You consumed a charm to eliminate Goody Procter” which reveals that Abigail was spiteful of Elizabeth Proctor because she enjoyed John Procter and wanted to be with him instead of her being with him. Miller indirectly characterizes Abigail as being manipulative the method she puts the blame of witchcraft on Tituba when she says “I never called him! Tituba, Tituba …” and after that when she point at Tituba and says “She made me do it! She made Betty do it” (Miller 42, 43).
Tituba is indirectly characterized as scapegoat because when Abigail puts the blame on Tituba for attempting to bewitch them; finally Tituba gives up stating “Mister Reverend, I do believe someone else be witchin’ these kids” (Miller 45). Tituba becomes the scapegoat in her fear to be hanged when Mr. Putnam says “This lady must be hanged! She must be taken and hanged!” so she admits to being bewithed and blames Goody Osburn (Miller 44). Throughout act one Miller has utilized methods like quotes and actions of characters to indirectly define them throughout the story.