Samuel Parris first denied witchcraft but sided with the idea when he used his power of testifying against the accused enemies to his benefit. Samuel Parris can be credited in a huge part for the mass hysteria that breaks out in Salem. Parris is the one who calls in Hale and other experts on witchcraft to find a cure for his daughter’s disease. Once the word got out that there were witch hunters in Salem all hell broke loose. During the trials Parris is sure to testify against every defendant leaving no one pure. Parris is so corrupt that when Francis 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. Parris says “These people should be summoned… This is a clear attack upon the court!” (Miller 866). He gains power every day the trials continue because people fear him and the wrath he brings in the court room. Parris also attacks Mary... [continues]
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