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Putnam and Parris In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller a series of events take place in Salem involving Mr Putnam and Parris Although the actions of these two mean may appear to motivated by principle in reality they were motivated by greed and selfishness There are several examples throughout the play that substantiate this statement Thomas Putnam was the son of the richest man in Salem He felt he was better then other people in the village Putnams greed was displayed when his stepbrother received 3000 acres after his father died Putnam was so jealous and outraged by this He also fought with the nurse about land and argued over timber with Proctor and Giles Putnam and his wife show their selfishness by blaming the deaths of their seven babies on other people Reverend Parris was an egotistical man who only cared about himself In his sermons he only spoke of the devil Showing his greed Parris desired the house deed and felt cheated of his firewood He also believed people should respect him and his power Parris was more worried about his reputation rather then Abigail and Betty And I pray you feel the weight of truth upon you for now my ministrys at stake Miller 11 This shows his selfishness Both Mr Putnam and Parris question Tituba unfairly about being a witch Without any proof at all they listen to Abigail and automatically blame the servant Although Tituba denies it repeatedly Putnam and Parris are already convinced shes guilty No no sir I dont truck with no devil Miller 43 Tituba was simply the easiest person to blame By placing blame on others through the witchcraft trials Putnam and Parris strived to satisfy their greedy and selfish desires Putnam wanted to gain land and someone to blame his the deaths of his babies on Parris wanted to show people that he was good and deserved respect He
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