Reverend Parris was a religious leader in Salem during the witch trials. The Reverend’s motivation for assisting the trials was his hunger for power and position in the community, his determination to protect his image and reputation, and to protect himself from persecution.
Reverend Parris is most interested in being respected and treated well.
Reverend Parris fears losing his job, Abigail fears prosecution and the loss of John Proctor, and Tituba fears physical retribution. Fear tempts people to defend their personal whims and use their power to harm others. The Reverend Parris’ fear of losing his job provokes him to scream like a witch.
In the play, Reverend Parris is the minister of Salem. As such, he is an important man in a position of power. However, as the events of the play show, his personal cowardice and stupidity allows him to be easily led by others.
What do the Reverend Parris’ comments and actions in Act I reveal about his character? Reverend Paris’ comments and actions show that he cares about and loves his reputation more than his daughter.
What seems to be the primary motivation for Reverend Parris’ concern about the behavior of the girls in the woods? He wanted this “witchcraft” to be over and didn’t want anyone in town to “touch it”.
Reverend Parris’ main concern about Abigail and Betty is whether their reputation in the village is good and their actions might reflect badly on him. How does Thomas Putnam increase conflict in the plot? He insists that Salem has witchcraft.
Also, Proctor once mentions that Salem’s past ministers never owned property. Parris, on the other hand, demands that the certificate be brought to his home. This is also a power play, because he fears that the residents will drive him out of town and therefore wants an official claim to his property.
Sometimes fear motivates people to act unscrupulously. Personal fears incite some characters in Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible to cry witches. Reverend Parris fears losing his job, Abigail fears prosecution and the loss of John Proctor, and Tituba fears physical retribution.
Some examples of Parris’ greed include: fetching firewood, insisting on free gold candlesticks for the church, and demanding (against time-honoured tradition) that he have the deed to the house he lives in .
The minister of Salem’s church. Reverend Parris is a paranoid, power-hungry, but strangely self-pitying character. Many of the townspeople, particularly John Proctor, dislike him, and Parris is keen to advance his position in the community.
In the first act, he rejects all witchcraft to protect his reputation in Salem. He desires that the townsfolk “not spring to witchcraft… [because the townsfolk wail] [him] over such corruption in [his] Salem house” (13).
Throughout the play, the Reverend Parris was a confused man. As the play progressed he became more introverted and we see his paranoia increase. He also blamed everyone else for every little mishap in Salem for his own benefit.
Parris keeps bringing stuff up and playing stuff over and over. He lies to protect himself. He lies about seeing her naked.
What did Reverend Parris believe about himself? He always felt persecuted and was easily offended.
Strengths. His wife was very beautiful, the townsfolk described her as “too beautiful” when she was alive, leading to Parris showing his incredible lust. Wasn’t even able to settle disputes between his own townspeople.