The Crucible

The Crucible

In The Crucible, a play about the Salem witch trials of 1692, by Arthur Miller, the character of Reverend Parris displays hypocrisy. Priest are generally considered good, honest people, but Parris lies to the community, he puts his ministry in front of his daughters life, and tries to help himself before helping the community. Even when Parris?s daughter is sick and he is unsure what is wrong with her, he puts himself and his job before her. When he is trying to get Abigail to tell the truth he says ?I pray you feel the weight of truth upon you, for now my ministry?s at stake, my ministry and perhaps your cousin?s life.? (Act I.) In that quote, he throws in the part about Betty at the end like it has no importance compared to the fact that his ?ministry?s at stake.? Earlier he says to Abigail ?If you trafficked with spirits in the forest I must know it now, for surely my enemies will, and they will ruin me with it.? Then he continues ?Abigail, do you understand that I have many enemies?(Act I.) Throughout Act One, Parris makes it obvious that the ?faction that is sworn to drive

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