The Crucible Puritan Analysis

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In the story The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Reverend Samuel Parris runs the church. Parris, supposedly, a puritan doesn’t fit the characteristics of one at all. A traditional Puritan is someone who craves a simple form of religion, shows self reliant, selflessness, and is respected by one’s neighbors. A traditional puritan knows God created a plan for everyone and shows patience in receiving a valuable fortune. Parris expresses un-puritan ways in the aspects of his religion, greed, reputation, attitude and paranoia.
Parris proves to be a lousy puritan because of his religious customs. Truthfully, the only puritan trait Mr. Parris demonstrates is involving religion in every aspect of his life. Parris fails at preaching due to the fact his sermons
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Parris predominantly communicates his hunger for wealth to the Church. “The salary is sixty-six pound, Mr. Proctor! {Parris is} not some preaching farmer with a book under {his} arm; {He} is a graduate of Harvard College,” (148; 604-6). Reverend Parris thinks possession of a Harvard degree means procuring a higher wage. But Mr. Parris doesn’t stop there, this selfish priest also shows he’s dissatisfied with the firewood supply as well. Parris says, “Where is my wood? My contract provides I be supplied with all my firewood. I am waiting since November for a stick,” (148; 594-6). Samuel Parris obtains 6 pounds for firewood, but chooses to regard with his personal paycheck. Parris shows his acquisitive nature. Even though the church gave Mr. Parris a house to live in, the Reverend still demanded the deed to the house. Proctor regards Parris to be the only minister to ever demand a deed to the house and concludes to be too much for the Reverend to ask ownership, (148). The whole town thinks Parris wanting the deed to be unnecessary. Parris proves to be a rapacious person, a description becoming a part of his reputation …show more content…
This un-puritan characteristic shows Reverend cares less of his relationship with God and being a common Christian man, and more of his relationship with the people of Salem Village. Parris saw the girls in the woods but chooses to keep such information a secret so his name cannot be directly associated. Parris speaking to Abigail, “Now look you, child, your punishment will come in its time. But 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,” (138; 75-8). Samuel can deal with Abigail’s crimes, but the idea of his enemies finding out, ruining his status more, seems to be unbearable for this Priest. After conversing with people in Salem, Reverend Parris always asks them to keep it a secret and keep it between them. While Parris and Abigail talk to Susanna Walcott about Betty’s sickness, Parris addresses Walcott and says, “Go directly home and speak nothing of unnatural causes” (138; 54-5). After his daughter, Betty, becomes ill the Reverend appears to be unease by his daughters situation but in reality only worries since it’s involving the Parris name. “Now then, in the midst of such disruption, my own household is discovered to be the very center of some obscene practice,” (138; 89-91). Parris is less concerned with his daughter’s wellness than concerned about how the town will perceive his connection in

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