Describe Tituba, Abigail, and Betty Parris from The Crucible.

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The three were part of the group of girls/women who were dancing in the forest at the beginning of the play, setting off the action. 

Tituba, Parris' slave from Barbados, is accused of talking to the Devil himself. In Puritan society, the forest was seen as a place where evil regularly takes place. (Realize at this point, there was little exploration beyond the Massachusetts Bay Colony in that area of the country, so the forest was a mysterious place) When the girls realize they were caught dancing, and perhaps calling up dead souls, they blame Tituba for leading them. 

Abigail is one of the main characters in the play. She is Reverend Parris' niece. After being fired as a servant at John and Elizabeth Proctors' home for having an affair with John, Parris takes her in. Her desire to be with John leads her to begin the accusations, and the more accusations are made, the more she looks respectable, because Puritan society felt that accusing others was a patriotic and holy duty. She begins to doubt her Puritan upbringing after her affair with John.

Betty is one of the first girls afflicted by "witchcraft". It is implied that her fear from being caught dancing in the woods leads to her "illness", but for the most part her role in the play is as a catalyst to direct the action. She spends much of her time laying in bed, probably to avoid being punished by her strict father, Reverend Parris. 

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Tituba is Reverend Parris’ slave from Barbados.  She is the very first person to be accused of witchcraft by the girls, and then she saved herself from being hanged by claiming that she had seen other women of the village with the devil.  By taking the blame off of herself, she was able to save herself. 

Abigail Williams is Reverend Parris’ niece.  She once worked for the Proctors, had an affair with John Proctor, and is the lead accuser of all of the girls.  Abigail is an evil, vengeful girl who will do anything that she has to in order to make herself look innocent and to free herself of any blame.  At the end of the play she disappears after stealing all of Rev. Parris’ savings and is never heard from again

Betty Parris is Rev. Parris’ daughter and is the first one that the audience sees as being afflicted by the witchcraft.  Overall she is a quiet girl and does not do much in the play aside from following everything that she is told to do by her cousin, Abigail. 

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