Compare And Contrast John Parrris In The Crucible

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Salem, Massachusetts is known for the Salem witch trials. The trials tested the skills and characters of those accused of being a witch. Though the test often consisted of fire and water, if the tension was high enough, a mere accusation had the accused hanged. The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is mostly a typical story of the Salem Witch Trials with all of the tension included. The difference lies in the fact that it is not only the accused being tested under pressure. The entire town faces trials of their own, both legal and moral. John Proctor is proud and commanding while Reverend Parris is self-pitying and paranoid. This traits leave John Proctor to prevail upon the play’s closing.
John Proctor is a proud man. He was given an opportunity
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Parris was not comfortable in his own skin, he did not have the confidence to acknowledge his mistakes.
“Parris: I pray you, leap not to witchcraft. I know that you, you least of all, Thomas, would ever wish so disastrous a charge laid upon me. We cannot leap to witchcraft. They will howl me out of Salem for such a corruption in my house.”(Act 1)
Parris refused to accept witchcraft as a possibility for what it would do to him. He refused even though accepting the possibility could save his daughter sooner. Parris was too terrified of his potential of being a social pariah than the health of his daughter. Parris also would not accept the diagnosis of the doctor he called so then he performed a self diagnosis. Reverend Parris is selfish and self-pitying, he chose his social well being over that of his daughter’s physical well being. Bluntly spoken and commanding are also traits that John Proctor possesses. Proctor has the ability to go from loving Abigail to shutting her out entirely due to mild investigation.
Proctor:I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before Iĺl ever reach for you again. Wipe it out of mind-we never touched,
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What did oou do with ther in the forest? . . . .Child. Sit you down. Now look you, child-if you trafficked with spirits in the forest, I must know it, for surely my enemies will, and they’ll ruin me with it. . .”(Act 1)
Parris did not want honesty from Abigail for the sake of honesty, he merely wanted to insure he looked well informed within the community. His paranoia reorganizes his priorities. Throughout the entire play Parris did not have his priorities straight. All of his goals were narcissistically formed as opposed to the well being of the entire community.
In conclusion, John Proctor is a proud and commanding person while Reverend Parris is self-pitying and paranoid. Proctor may have had his bad moments, such as his affair and his nearly signing the confession which sentenced several of his friends and family to death. Though he faced these struggles he made corrections. Proctor switched and repented, he tore up the confession and left his wife that he had only moments before made amends with. Parris, on the other hand, continued his negligent ways without efforts for repentance. Therefore, although he died, John Proctor prevailed over Reverend

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