The Crucible

what were Parris' concerns and motivations?

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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 cover his behind, so to speak! Having witches flying does not reflect well on the priest and does not make for very good job satisfaction.