The Crucible Parris Analysis

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English essay-discussing the construction and significance of Parris and the themes he represents Dramatic texts make use of conventions to highlight the themes and issues surrounding important historical events. Reverend Parris is a key character in dramatic play The Crucible, and his construction and the themes and issues his character brings out play a significant role in the development of the story and the beliefs, attitudes and values it highlights. Written in 1953 by Arthur Miller, the play depicts a series of events which took place in 1692 Salem Massachusetts commonly referred to as the Salem Witch Hunts. Throughout the text, Parris remains unchanged in his beliefs and values, and his character plays an important role in highlighting…show more content…
A reverend of the church, Parris is supposedly entirely good and holy, however the value he places on money does not reflect this, “and for twenty weeks he preach nothin’ but golden candlesticks until he had them. I labour the earth from dawn of day to blink of night and when I look to heaven and see my money glaring at his elbows-it hurt my prayer sir, it hurt my prayer”. This statement John Proctor makes about Parris reflects the conflict between the two foils. John does not respect the reverend and the materialistic selfish way he is leading the church, “there are many others who stay away from church these days because you hardly ever mention God anymore”. In act four Parris reveals that Abigail has disappeared, and it is clear that he is more upset about the money that she stole from him than her wellbeing, “My daughter tells me how she heard them speaking of ships last week, and tonight I discover my-my strongbox is broke into”. (He presses his fingers against his eyes to keep back tears). This again highlights the greed and selfishness that clearly controls him, and this is reflected in the society he leads religiously. With the use of dramatic conventions, Reverend Parris is constructed as a significant character who represents ideas of power, reputation and greed that have evidently taken hold of several characters in the play. These themes
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