The Crucible

Why does Parris feel so insecure about his position as a preacher and how does he feel about his parishioners?

Act 1

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Rev. Parris is a paranoid "weasel". He uses his parishioners against each other in hopes of securing the title to his house, his golden candlesticks, firewood, his job security….Parris merely uses his parishioners to gain self-advantage.