Importance Of Reverend Paris In The Crucible

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Does Reverend Paris care more about his reputation than his own daughters? In The Crucible written by Author Miller, Reverend Paris is elected to become, Salem’s new “Reverend”. He wants to make a good impression on Salem, since he is a leader he must hold a certain level of respect, for the community and their personal household. Paris faces his worst nightmare when his daughters turn out to be possessed with witches. This is not a very good situation to be involved in, weather you’re the head of Salem or the average man living in Salem. This cause major concern from Paris, but it seems as though his concern is more focused on the reputation he is trying to build. This outbreak of witchery can easily bring down his reputation as a Reverend, …show more content…
So after a lot of compromising he finally moves to Salem and is ready to take office and become leader of the town. So already after living there for a while his daughters become possessed by Witches. This already puts him in a bad situation especially as Salem’s Reverend. Which basically means he is supposed to set the example for all of the people to live like. It looks really bad when a leader of a town can’t even have his household in tip-top shape. Who can he turn to, what can he do in this situation? Where can the leader go if he is in trouble himself? The penalty for any sign of witchcraft is death. As you read you see that is no major concern of Paris. His reputation is on the line after the town hears about this. Paris will try to hide this controversy, but how long can you hide a problem as big as this. That’s like a prisoner trying to hide himself inside his cell, it’s practically …show more content…
He is so concerned about his career that he completely asks like nothing has happened to his daughter. His own daughter is on her sick bed and all he can think about is how the town thinks of him. Paris could lose his job, but he has a family and he must not only take care of the town, but he is the man of the family and that is his duty. ” PARIS, studies her, then nods, half convinced” as you can see in the quote he basically just glanced at her as if all was ok. It kind of seems like he is just the step father who cares nothing for his step children, but that’s the complete opposite, as far as the step father situation. Family should come first, after this whole controversy, the only people that will stay by his side is his family. In this case it will show who will stay on his side after the town hears about this, Paris will have to learn the hard way to see if he should worry more about his reputation or his

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