Who is the character Parris in this play? Why is he so significant, and what role did he play? Parris was the antagonist of this play. At the time of these events Parris was in his "middle forties" (1258). Parris was one of the main characters therefore he was very important to this play. The Crucible wouldn't have been the same if he wasn't in it.
Parris replaced another Reverend and it took a long time for the town's people of Salem to get used to him. Parris only wanted the respect and acceptance of others. "I have fought here three long years to bend these stiff-necked people to me and now, just now when some good respect is rising for me in the parish" (1263). Not all of the town's people warmed up to Parris. Parris had enemies that he wouldn't give the satisfaction of his defeat. "I must know it now, for surely my enemies will, and they will ruin me with it." (1262).
Parris had a house in the small town of Salem, "his house stood in the town" (1258). He owned no books, "They had no novelist - and would not have permitted anyone to read a novel if one were handy" (1259). Parris owned no object of entertainment, "Their creed forbade anything resembling a theater or 'vain enjoyment'".
"My enemies will, and they will ruin me with it"(1262). While interrogating Abby, Parris says this; it shows us that he is very concerned with his reputation in the town. He saw himself as very important as it says in the in site about him, "He felt insulted if someone rose to shut the door without first asking his permission." (1258). Parris was a grouchy man as it says in the incite in act one, "He was a widower with no interest in children or talent with them. He regarded them as young adults". Parris would not be a very fun grandpa I can tell you that.
"If you trafficked with spirits in the forest I must know it now, for surely my enemies will, and they will ruin me with it." (1262). When Parris says this to Abby he shows the audience that he...
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