The Crucible

Early in the play, Rev. Parris is greatly concerned with his "enemies," whom he fears will use Betty's mysterious illness against him. What does this show us about Parris? Would you say he's a good father? Give evidence to support your answer.

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Reverend Parris's job is the official priest or religious head of the village. He is dissatisfied with his job primarily because he is not a very nice person. Granted, being a priest in a puritan village would not be a barrel of fun but Parris is particularly "weasel- like". He frequently complains that he should be given the deed to his house. He covets his golden candlesticks and incessantly gossips about people in his congregation. When all the witch accusations start flying Rev. Parris is only out to keep his job and secure his position of power. He seems worried about his daughter only so far as to how her "sickness" will reflect on his position of priest in the village.