Which characters in The Crucible are good or bad?

In The Crucible, Reverend Samuel Parris, Abigail Williams, Deputy Governor Danforth, Judge Hathorne, and the Putnams are considered "bad" characters because they are selfish, manipulative, and corrupt. They are cruel to others, use the witch trials to increase their power, and harm innocent civilians. John Proctor, Elizabeth, Giles, Rebecca, Martha, and Reverend Hale are considered "good" characters, who champion the truth, make significant sacrifices, and attempt to undermine and expose Salem's corrupt court.

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The characters in the play are somewhat complex and have been significantly influenced by the overwhelming hysteria that has consumed the small town, which motivates their decisions and actions. Although no specific character can fairly be described as completely "good" or "bad," certain characters act more selfish, cruel, and malicious than others. Thomas Putnam and his wife would fall into the "bad" category and propagate the witchcraft hysteria. Thomas Putnam displays his greedy personality by instructing his daughter to falsely accuse citizens of witchcraft and uses the witch trials as a land grab. Reverend Samuel Parris and his niece Abigail Williams also would fall into the "bad" category because they are selfishly motivated and are primarily responsible for the deaths of innocent civilians. Reverend Parris is more concerned with remaining in a position of power than he is with exposing the truth, while Abigail cruelly wields her newfound authority by falsely accusing innocent...

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