Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut recently spoke her mind regarding false accusations made against her. She was accused of using black magic and responded by saying, “Imagine in the medieval ages, there was no evidence of how the history of mankind has been affected by witchcraft. But there is a significant factual history of how brutality and sadism of mankind have been displayed in the most obscene manner in the name of witch-hunt” (BOC n.p). In today’s society, women all over the world are still wrongly accused of witchcraft and hunted down by men such as Parris in Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible. Much like it did to those who accused Ranaut, the witch hunt in Salem reveals the brutality and sadism of Reverend Parris. Throughout act…show more content… The stage directions preceding the first lines of the play state that “Parris brought [Tituba] with him from Barbados, where he spent some years as a merchant before entering the ministry” (Miller 8). During this time, merchants were not well respected and were regarded with an air of skepticism. It seems odd that a man like Parris can climb the social ladder to such an extent so quickly. By examining the stage directions and dramatic exposition, readers can determine that whether he intends to or not, Parris immediately brands himself as a hypocrite in act one.
Reverend Parris’ hypocritic tendencies cause other characters to reexamine their relationships with the minister and see him in a new light. For instance, Thomas Putnam, the son of Salem’s wealthiest man, holds a grudge against Parris. The dramatic exposition that introduces him explains,
Some time before, his wife’s brother-in-law, James Bayley, had been turned down as minister of Salem. Bayley had all the qualifications, and a two-thirds vote into the bargain, but a faction stopped his acceptance, for reasons that are not clear...[Putnam] was deeply interested in parish affairs. He undoubtedly felt it poor payment that the village should so blatantly disregard his candidate for one of its more important offices. (Miller 15)
Putnam’s quarrel with the minister lies in his bitterness over Parris’s being elected instead of James