Reverend Parris doesn't want anyone to ruin his self image and wants to remain respected in his community. He discovers his niece Abigail and daughter Betty dancing in the forest with other girls and his slave Tituba. Betty fakes her coma and Hale is the person that tries to save the girls from evil spirits. As Abigail first sees John Proctor she gets feelings for him.
The Crucible Act 1
Proctor is a man who has lost his integrity/dignity due to the fact that he was involved in a affair with Abigail. His wife Elizabeth is skeptical about his actions and Proctor is a man who wants to have a pure self-image. He is semi-nonconformist; not a religious zealot, and is somewhat liberal.
Abigail bears most of the responsibility for the girls meeting Tituba in the forest. When Parris catches them she tries to conceal her behavior because it will reveal her affair with Proctor. She lies to conceal her affair and to prevent charges of witchcraft. In order to avoid punishments she accuses others of witchcraft.