Additionally, the fact that Parris thinks purely from one perspective suggests that Miller is trying to use Parris to reflect the extent to which religion has affected society as it has manipulated Parris into thinking that restriction, conformity and lack of amusement is the right way to live life. . However, many residents, such as Mr. His principal opposers were the relatives of these three unfortunate sisters. Mercy Lewis Mercy Lewis is the Putnam's servant - a fat, sly merciless eighteen year-old girl whom Parris found naked when he spied the girls dancing in the woods. Hale learns that the girls were dancing in the woods with Tituba, and that Tituba can conjure spirits. Discuss the insight gained by the characters of Elizabeth Proctor, Reverend Hale, and John Proctor.
Samuel was sent to Massachusetts to study at Harvard, where he was in 1673 when his father died. Further tension was caused by Parris' delay in accepting the position and his inability to resolve his parishioners' disputes. Giles Corey tells the court he has proof that Putnam is accusing his neighbors of witchcraft in order to gain their land. Further examples of Parris's greed include: quibbling over firewood, insisting on gratuitous golden candlesticks for the church and demanding against time-honored tradition that he have the deed to the house he lives in. Another thing I noticed, later in the play, was how much he cared about his reputation.
He is a stern yet practical man more interested in preserving the dignity and stature of the court than in executing justice or behaving with any sense of fairness. Abigail warns her friend Mercy Lewis and the Proctors' servant Mary Warren, not to reveal that they were all casting spells in the woods. He likewise wished to inform himself on the subject of witchcraft, and for that purpose received as a loan from Dea. Marshal Herrick Marshal is one of the local constables who guards the jail cells while nearly drunk. Lords day Sister Martha Corey taken into the Church. Thomas did not understand how spectral evidence could be admitted.
By 1696, however, he had found his situation untenable. Hale arrives at the Proctor house and questions Proctor about his poor church attendance. There be no unnatural cause here. Once the townspeople turn against the court, Parris begins to argue for a halt to the hangings - not because he feels any moral obligation to do so, but because he is watching out for himself. In the late 1650s, his father, Thomas Parris, moved his entire family to a sugar plantation that he had purchased in Barbados. Dissatisfied with the life of a merchant, Parris considered a change in vocation and in 1686, he began substituting for absent ministers and speaking at informal church gatherings.
Putnam, Proctor, and Giles Corey argue with Parris about his salary and other expectations. It had also already been through three ministers, who had all departed after having issues with the congregation. Rebecca Nurse One of the most noble and well-respected citizens of Salem, this elderly woman is kindly and sane, suggesting that Betty's illness is simply a product of being out too late in the cold. Parris supported the girls in the beginning, because they were accusing random careless people such as widows with no family because this raised the status of the girls, which raised his status as well. He tells the court that he saw no naked dancing in the woods—but we know that he did, because he says as much to Abigail.
She fears wrongdoing, but she fears Abigail and the girls even more. But, the frenzy just spread. Reverend Hale In Arthur Miller's, The Crucible, when characters are faced with adversity, they are forced to show their true morals and beliefs. We don't have to look any further than the political arena to find people who seem to want to do good things, but on closer examination are found to have their own selfish and shallow motivations. Parris was then involved in a dispute with his congregation over parsonage land he had seized to compensate himself for salary he was owed. Some examples of Parris's greed include: quibbling over firewood, insisting on gratuitous golden candlesticks for the church, and demanding against time-honored tradition that he have the deed to the house he lives in. He is selfish, greedy, and power-hungry.
Parris was honest in his belief in witchcraft, and that he was not moved in his affair by personal malice, or the desire to promote the cause of religion in his Parish, as has been supposed by the author of the History of Danvers. Dissatisfied with the life of a merchant, Parris considered a change in vocation. Even Arthur Miller claims that there was little good to be said about Reverend Parris. This house is actually just an addition that was added to the parsonage house in 1734. Hale enters in a flurry of activity, carrying large books and projecting an air of great knowledge. Abigail also confesses to witchcraft, stating that she had given herself to the Devil, but that she now repents.
The people of Salem have summoned him as an expert in witchcraft to determine if witchcraft is behind the children's illnesses. When he discovers Betty, his daughter, and his niece, Abigail Williams, dancing in the woods, he knows that it will make him look bad in the eyes of his congregation and they will lose respect for him. Hale attempts to convince the prisoners to confess rather than hang, but all refuse. In meetings, he feels insulted if someone rose to shut the door without first asking his permission. Eldridge was noted by many as being incredibly beautiful, and was said to be one of the most beautiful women in Salem Village. One named John and another named Tituba.