When defining a character's adjectives, what is being asked? (Assignment for "The Crucible.")I have a worksheet and it asks for the character's adjectives; and I don't understand what it is asking.

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Many assignments, when looking to define the physical attributes and character, ask for a student to find the adjectives which are assigned to a character. Knowing what an adjective is is of the utmost importance when completing an assignment like this.

An adjective is a word used to describe a noun. A noun is a person, place, or thing. In regards to Arthur Miller's play "The Crucible," the assignment would be referring to the characters depicted in the play (for example, John and Elizabeth Proctor, Abigail Williams, Reverend Hale, and Reverend Parris). Therefore, in order to complete the assignment, one would look for the describing words which identify the character.

For example, in the opening of the play, Reverend Parris is described as a man who has "cut a villainous path." The adjective is villainous, and it is used to describe the type of man Parris is.

Another example is found when John Proctor is introduced in the play. The following excerpt offers many different adjectives which describe John Proctor.

He had a sharp and biting way with hypocrites. He was the kind of man – powerful of body, even tempered, and not easily led – who cannot refuse support to partisans without drawing their deepest resentment.

The adjectives used to describe John Proctor are sharp, biting, powerful, and even tempered.


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