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If it were not for the self-seeking nature present in Salem the infamous witch trials of 1692 would not have taken place Most villagers were interested in themselves and none other One such character is Reverend Parris from the historical play The Crucible which concerns these Salem witch trials He is only interested in his good name In the beginning of the play this conceit leads Reverend Parris to support the courts false judgements in order to preserve his reputation but as the play progresses he begins to question the court for the same reason This conceit also leads him to suppress obvious evidence that undermines the court or himself These actions help the court become stronger and prevent others from questioning the courts authority Reverend Samuel Parris plays a large role in The Crucible written by Arthur Miller and the decisions he makes for his own well-being bring harm to others Reverend Parris only concern is the preservation of his good status within the town of Salem When he discovers his own daughter Betty and niece Abigail Williams dancing secretly in the woods he knows it will look bad for him especially since he is minister He tells Abigail I have fought here three long years to bend these stiff necked people to me just now when some good respect is rising for me in the parish you compromise my very character pg11 Parris has fought long and hard to earn himself respect in the town and he doesnt want Abigails actions to undermine his achieved dignity Later when Thomas Putnam looks to unnatural causes as to why Parris Betty does not wake Parris asks In my house In my house Thomas They will topple me with this pg16 Parris knows that if his own household is discovered to be the center of some obscene practice pg10 that his enemies will ruin him with it pg10 Parris of course does not want this Towards
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