I have put clothes upon your back—now give me an upright answer. Others are not a concern of Parris if it means his reputation, and lying is not a problem for him as long as he gets out clean. I beg you, let him sign it. Parris believed that everyone was beneath him and that they all owed him something in some way. She refuses to participate, even confess as a representation of what is true and just. This conceit also leads him to suppress obvious evidence that undermines the court or himself.
Abigail is supposed to be the most pure and white of the girls, but this new incident does not support this assumption. Parris' harsh sense of spiritual authority. What does she have to hide? Elizabeth is usually extremely honest and pure, but when she is being mistreated, she can be cold. Parris Betty Parris Abigail Mary Warren Rev. Proctor has always disliked him, and stopped … attending sunday service long before the witch trials began. Reverend Samuel Parris Parris, Salem's minister, and Abigail's uncle, is a weak character who appears to enjoy and to be protective of the status which his position brings. He is a sincere, well-intentioned, though occasionally cranky, old farmer.
She is gentle and loving, deeply spiritual, and a mother of eleven children and twenty-six grandchildren. It is possible to say that if Parris had not supported the girls, the court could have been overthrown, and lives spared. He suspects that one of the girls was naked, but Abigail denies it. It turns out that Parris isn't pleading out of remorse at all, though; he's only concerned for his own life. At the beginning of the play, he's much more worried about that than witchcraft. Yet he clearly shows remorse for his act and is attempting to right his error; he is conciliatory with his wife, Elizabeth, and disdainful of Abigail's sexual advances.
However, Elizabeth can be a cold and demanding woman, whose chilly demeanor may have driven her husband to adultery and whose continual suspicions of her husband render their marriage tense. Hale, in Act 1, believes that the Devil is lose in Salem. If Abigail is a magnetic, -like villain, Parris is more like. 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. Once Mary claims she fainted at will he tries to make her prove this, and once he has weakened her whole defensive stand, the other girls move in for the kill forcing her to turn on the man she could have saved. Reverend Samuel Parris just believes that what he does immediately gives him power and that makes him blind to the truth.
Among its central themes are power and its abuse, the sometimes fine line between courage and fear, and the importance of reputation. Ann Putnam The wife of Thomas Putnam, Ann suspects that there is some paranormal reason for the stillborn deaths of seven of her children and blames Rebecca Nurse. At the very beginning of the play, Parris is questioning Abigail about what she and the other girls were doing in the forest. In the end he starts to doubt the trials for the same reason. As such, he's an important man in a position of power. Parris is a minister who isn't very well respected in Salem, for he is a greedy and dominating man. Parris, being the newly elected minister in town, has an obsession with keeping his.
She is a timid girl, and is easily influenced by those individuals around her. Others describe him as ''unsteady'' and ''like a madman. Parris is a symbol of religion, thus his character could reflect the restrictive nature of religion as it has been used to scare individuals, thus religion can also be used as a form of control. But then everything changes, and the town begins to lose its confidence in the court. Even at the end of the play, he has not gained self-awareness or insight into the destructive processes in which he participates. I have given you a home, child.
His fundamental insecurities become clearer. It hints at the fact if whether of not she has actually forgiven her husband, or if she only stay with him because that is what society demanded of her during the time of. It turns out that Parris isn't pleading out of remorse at all, though: he's only concerned for his own life. They will topple me with this. Reverend Parris Parris isn't very well respected in Salem due to his greedy and dominative personality. Thomas Putnam One of the wealthiest landowners in Salem, Thomas Putnam is a vindictive, bitter man who holds longstanding grudges against many of the citizens of Salem, including the Nurse family for blocking the appointment of his brother-in-law to the position of minister. 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.
Also, he is a greedy, self-centered man who always wants more. Judge Hathorne Hathorne is the judge who presides over the Salem witch trials. She pretends to see spirits and instructs the other girls to pretend as well. Goody Sarah Good Goody Good is a ragged and crazy woman who seems to live on the edges of town life. When Reverend Hale arrives carrying heavy books.