Rev Parris In The Crucible

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Why is Reverend Parris so distraught? Describe his character. Find evidence to suggest that Rev Parris feels persecuted. Reverend Parris fears the worst for his reputation, if rumors/beliefs were to be going around than Rev Parris would almost defiantly be fired. Rev Parris is not so much worried for the children as he is for himself. Rev Parris is a very strict Christian man, he is smart and fearful of the Salem people. Rev Parris requests the deed to the house as he believes the people of Salem might take it from him, he makes clear how he feel persecuted when he and Proctor are arguing. Abigail, his niece, is clearly the leader of the children and controls them through intimidation. In what ways does she exert her power over them?…show more content…
Rebecca is a woman of experience and knows how one must behave in such situations. What signs are there that resentments and jealousies will lead to scapegoating and accusations? When Putman is arguing over the land where the firewood was cut down is an obvious sign there is much resentment and petty arguments. Why is the devil so feared in Salem? What points does the playwright make about the Christian division of the world into good and evil? There is no middle in Salem, you are either a good Christian or you working for the Devil, if you show a sign of non-Christianity than your all for the bad and will be hung for it. What assumptions do the adults in the community, (apart from Rebecca Nurse), make concerning the children? All the adults make very sudden assumptions that the children have been touched by the devil and are actually being possessed by some form of evil. Comment on the ending of Act 1. I really thought the end of act one was a very strange way to end the scene, with the children all calling the names of people from Salem working with the devil. To me it made no sense, and it left it too
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