The Crucible : Character Profiles - Mr & Mrs Putnam

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Nabilah Chowdhury, 11Ra Character Profile: Mr. And Mrs. Putnam
Character Profile ­ Mr. and Mrs. Putnam
Opening Impression:
From Act one, it is clear that both Mr. and Mrs. Putnam serve a clear purpose in the play; being the creators of
the paranoia regarding witchcraft.
Quotations & Analysis:
(Full of breath, shiny eyed)
Mrs. Putnam: "It is a marvel. It is surely a stroke of hell upon you"
This shows that she enjoys gossiping, however, she condemns singing which indicates hypocrisy.
Her first speech signifies the way Mrs. Putnam seems to enjoy other's suffering.
"Why, it's sure she did. Mr. Collins saw her goin' over Ingersoll's barn, and come down light as bird, he says!"
This shows what a conniving character Mrs. Putnam is, as it is likely that Mr. Collins didn't actually see anything.
[with vicious certainty]: "I'd not call it sick, the Devil's touch is heavier than sick. It's death, y'know, it's death
drivin' into them, forked and hoofed".
This quote shows that Mrs. Putnam seems to be very knowledgeable about this subject, about the Devil and
Death, accentuating her devilish, conniving character.
Mrs. Putnam: "Her soul is taken, surely"
Once again we can see the speed with which people leap to the conclusion that witchcraft is to blame here.
Mrs. Putnam's readiness to believe would be laughable were the consequences not so serious
Mr. Putnam: "No witchcraft! Now look you, Mr. Parris - "
Slowly we see his true characteristics as being that of vindictive and bitter. This is clear because of his
developing plan to be capable of purchasing one's land when executed for witchcraft.
"He undoubtedly felt it poor payment that the village should so blatantly disregard his candidate"
They have a very accusatory tone of voice when talking.
[So it is not surprising to find that so many accusations against people... handwriting of Thomas Putnam]"
This quotation further accentuates Mr. Putnam's character as being vengeful, as "it is not surprising".
The fact that he is often "found as a witness corroborating the supernatural testimony" depicts his ongoing
will to accuse the innocent of witchcraft for land purchasing.
Miller's statement of this fact with no comment forces the reader to work out Miller's implied point ­ that
Putnam is killing people for their land ­ perhaps this reflects the way in which the audience are meant to work
out how the moral of Miller's play applies to contemporary AmericA.
"You are not undone! Let you take hold here. Wait for no one to charge you- declare it yourself. You have
discovered witchcraft."
Using imperatives, it accentuates his seemingly certain tone, making him very persuasive and powerful.
"That is a notorious sign of witchcraft afoot, Goody Nurse, a prodigious sign!"
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Nabilah Chowdhury, 11Ra Character Profile: Mr. And Mrs. Putnam
By repeating the word "sign", it strengthens his argument of witchcraft, as it seems as if it happens to all
people afflicted with witchcraft
Moreover, words such as notorious and prodigious makes him sound very knowledgeable, thus further
increasing his persuasiveness.
"This woman must be hanged! She must be taken and hanged!"
This has an accusing tone which portrays Mr. Putnam as malicious, spiteful and vicious.
"Her soul seems flown away..."
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