What are the fates of the major characters in The Crucible, such as Rev. Parris, Tituba, Abigail, Rebecca Nurse, Martha Corey, Rev. Hale, and Elizabeth Proctor?

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smflannery | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

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Reverend Parris is still the minister of Salem but he has lost most of his credit in the community.  Tituba was arrested for being a witch but she was not executed because she confessed.  Rebecca Nurse and Martha Corey were executed for allegedly being witches.  Reverend Hale left Salem after the execution of John Proctor, Rebecca Nurse, and Martha Corey.  Elizabeth Proctor was left in prision until the birth of her four child. 

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  • Tituba confesses to witchcraft under duress. Although she is jailed, we do not find out what happens to her afterwards, as her role in the plot is finished with her confession.
  • John Proctor, husband of Elizabeth Proctor, is the moral hero of the play. He realizes the Abigail is mainly motivated by jealousy. Although he is tempted to confess, he eventually retracts his confession and is hanged. 

  • Elizabeth Proctor is accused of witchcraft, but is proven innocent. She refuses to urge her husband to confess, as that would undermine his moral choices. She survives at the end of the play and in actual history was compensated later for her false imprisonment.

  • Abigail Williams committed adultery with John Proctor at the beginning of the play and starts the chain of accusations. Near the end of the play, she steals money from her uncle and runs away with Mercy Lewis.

  • Rebecca Nurse refused to make a false confession and was condemned to death. 

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