Hurrican Report Essay, Research Paper
Characterization of Reverend Samuel Parris
Throughout The Crucible we are introduced to and follow four or five
characters that Arthur Miller elaborated upon. One of those characters
Samuel Parris, a bitter minister who came to Salem for unclear reasons.
That reason may
have been he was looking for a small town to control, maybe he was
trying to escape
something or someone, or he may have just wanted a fresh, clean start;
reason was it is for sure he had no idea what he was going to start. If
the blame of the
Salem Witchcraft Trails were to be traced back to one individual it
would certainly be
When we are first introduced to Parris he is at the side of his
praying for his recovery. It is Parris who calls in Hale and other
experts so that a cure
may be found for his daughter. Once word got out that there were witch
hunters in Salem
all hell broke loose. As three warrants are sent out to arrest the
supposed witches the long
blood bath that is to follow is set into motion. During the trials
Parris is sure to attack the
character of every defendant leaving no one pure. When Frances Nurse
brings a petition
with 91 names on it, a petition to set Rebecca, Goody Proctor, and
Martha Corey free
Parris demands that all those on the list be called in for questioning.
Danforth, glancing at the list: How many names are here?
Frances: Ninety-one, Your Excellency.
Parris, sweating: These people should be summoned. Danforth
looks up at him questioningly. For questioning.
Parris: This is a clear attack upon the court!
Parris also attacks Mary Warren harshly when she changes sides to help
Proctor clear his wife’s name. 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.
Parris could not let it be
proven that the girls were liars for if it was both his daughter and
niece would be caught in
the middle of this elaborate fabrication. Of course if they were
proven to be the liars it
would reflect upon his own character and involvement in the bloody game.
In the end of the novel Parris does show remorse for the whole ordeal,
Proctor is sentenced to hang Parris finally realizes that this has all
been wrong. Parris
pleads with Elizabeth to convince John to convince so that his life
will be spared for this is
blood that will be on Parris’s own hands. But do not be followed this
is also a selfish act
for if he could have gotten Proctor to confess it would have justified
the other hangings.
Parris (In deadly fear to Elizabeth) : ” Go to him Goody Proctor! There
From outside a drumroll strikes the air. Parris is startled. Elizabeth
toward the window.
Parris: Go to him! He rushes out the door as to hold back his fate.
Samuel Parris was a man who used the Trails for vengeance, vengeance
everything that has ever happened to him. For once in his life this
man had absolute
power, although once this power was used his role of importance was
taken away by
Danforth and others. Maybe it was that once he was knocked of his
pedestal he finally
realized all this was wrong. Maybe by the end of the novel he finally
realized that he was
wrong there were no witches, or it could have been he just wanted the
Proctors confession; but whatever it was it really doesn’t matter now
all are dead and
gone. Without Parris the Trails would not have escalated to what they
became or just
maybe they would have never even began.