Cowardice Or Courage : It Is A Choice Essay

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Cowardice or Courage: It is a Choice
Mahatma Gandhi said, “A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.” This means that only brave people are capable of loving others. Reverend Parris in The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is the perfect example of a coward, and he chooses to put his own needs far above those of his own daughter. Like Gandhi said, it is clear that a coward like Parris is not capable of loving anyone, including his own family. When his daughter faints and remains unconscious for a couple days, Parris only worried about what the town might think of him when they find out; he isn’t worried about his own child’s well being. Reverend Parris, father of Betty and uncle of Abigail, is clearly a static character because of his obsession with his own sterling reputation and his lack of empathy for his family and neighbors; even through all the convictions and executions, Parris remains the same selfish man.
We perceive Parris as an uptight character who is worried what the rest of the town will think of him instead of being concerned for his family’s welfare. Parris is constantly concerned about his appearance to the residents of Salem while he should be searching for the best method of treatment for his sick and unconscious daughter lying in bed. That would be the obvious first step to a responsible and caring father. However Parris was instead wondering “what [he should] say to [the parish]? That my daughter and my niece I discovered…

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