Character Analysis Of Parris In The Crucible

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Angelo Padula Mrs. Malyer English 11 22 November 2017 The Crucible Character Analysis In The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller, tells the story of what went on during the time of the Salem Witch Trials. Hot the accusations started, how it escalated, and how the trials all stopped. In the play, there are many characters that have many traits. All of the characters have traits that describe that character all throughout the play. Reverend Parris has quite a few traits that are associated with him. Some of these traits are that he is an instigator, he is also paranoid, as well as he is blinded by a bunch of lies. When Reverend Parris is thought of, the word that comes to mind is “instigator.” He is an instigator because he believes that the Devil really has come to Salem, Massachusetts. He believes that that the Devil is present there because of an accusation made by Abigail Williams that the girls of Salem were dancing in the woods, and Parris bought it, Parris says “Then you were conjuring spirits last night” (Miller 142). Parris thinks that Betty, Parris’ daughter, has been possessed by a spirit casted out by a witch and is afraid that she will try to fly out the window, Parris says, “ There is a terrible power in her arms today” (Miller 143). He is terrified that the town will turn on him when they find out that his house may be playing host to an evil spirit, so he wants to get rid of it as soon as he can. A final example is when Parris sends for Reverend Hale, who claims that he is a witchcraft specialist, “ Tell him I have sent for Reverend Hale of Beverly, and Mr. Hale will surely confirm that” (Miller 138). Even though Parris is terrified about the Devil being in Salem, he surely feeds into the lie that he is as said in the examples above. Another example of a characteristic of Reverend Parris is that he is paranoid. He is paranoid because he gets a little annoyed with Tituba when she would not admit to working for the devil, “You will confess yourself or I will take you out and whip you to your death, Tituba!” (Miller 157). Eventually Tituba admits to Witchcraft because she no longer wants to be beaten by a switch, which in those days was just a long branch. Another example of Parris being paranoid is
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