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The Crucible Men of God Men of God The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play in which the Red Scare from the 1950s is paralleled to the Salem Witch Trials in 1692 It contains a wonderfully developed plot which displays societys flaws by establishing a good versus evil scenario Miller creates characters to fuel the evil and others that evolve to show the outbreak of good Two of these characters are Reverend Samuel Parris and Reverend John Hale These men are the spiritual leaders for two neighboring towns in New England whom many in the community looked up to Although the personalities of these men of God seemed very similar throughout the first half of the play self-centered and inhuman their differences became more evident as Hale evolved into a compassionate man of God and Parris remained the conceited character he was at the beginning of the play In act one the corrupt self-serving Reverend Samuel Parris is first introduced In this scene Parris daughter Betty is ill and even the doctor cannot determine what is ailing the girl Strangely enough instead of worrying about the fate of his daughter Reverend Parris seems more concerned about the rumors flying accusing Betty of dealing with the devil leaving her unconscious Parris denies all witchcraft accusations and refuses to believe his household was involved in dealing with the devil Showing that he is solely consumed with thoughts regarding his reputation Parris says to his neice Abigail Williams They will topple me with thisMiller 17 This displays Parris is obviously insecure with his place among the people and concerned with the effects this event many have on him rather than his daughter Parris wants to stop the rumors and therefore calls upon Reverend Hale a supposed witch-craft expert to mediate the controversy surrounding the town of Salem Parris says Hes not coming to look for devils Miller 28 but most are aware
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