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how does parris characterize the theam of hypocrisy in this first act?

 

brittney s #210847
Nov 03, 2011 8:31 PM

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how does parris characterize the theam of hypocrisy in this first act?
 

Aslan
Nov 03, 2011 8:48 PM

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Rev. Parris is supposed to be a pious head of the religious community.He is supposed to live a simple life taking care of his parish. Instead he is a gossiping hypocritical man. He argues over ownership of his house and the gold candlesticks he uses in his services. When he sees the girls dancing in the forest, his immediate concern is his status in Salem and how this might play out to his personal detriment in the long run.
 

judy t #197809
Nov 03, 2011 8:48 PM

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The first act sets up the play and emphasizes Parris' belief that the entire village is "after him." He questions Abigail about her purity and wants to be assured that no one can cast any blame on him for her actions. In fact, even though he sees most of the members of his congregation as against him, and thus, perhaps hypocritical to God, he is the biggest hypocrite of all. It becomes obvious as we watch this scene unfold that he would do anything to make sure he comes out on top. And he is delighted when he can force someone else to take the blame for what Abigail and his daughter and some of the other girls have done.
 

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