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Character Analysis Of Parris In Arthur Miller´S The Crucible

990 words - 4 pages

In 1971, a psychologist named Philip Zimbardo conducted an experiment that would show how humans reacted when they were divided into two groups, one group of guards and the second one group of prisoners. In the experiment he conducted, he noticed that the groups took the given role very seriously within minutes; the two groups took the experiment to extreme level by actually having the groups think of themselves as prisoners and guards. The experiment was canceled after few days because the reactions of the people were so extreme it got out of control. A villain and a prisoner have similar traits because a prisoner did something illegal in the past that would only benefit him/her. A villain has a trait of being very egotistic and it can be inferred that villains can commit illegal acts to satisfy themselves. “The Crucible” has many villainous characters but the one that stands out most is Parris. Throughout Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” Parris is the most villainous character because he considers himself superior and is very self centered due to this, he fails to give good advice to his people which leads to destruction of his society.
A villain has a lot of characteristics that can make him/her a villain, but one common trait in a villain is being very self-centered. As most villains, Parris is very selfish and proves it throughout the play. The first time he shows he is self-centered is when he is talking with his niece Abigail, and blames her for conducting witchcraft, he says “Now look you ,child, your punishment will come in its time. But if trafficked with spirits in the forest I must know it now, for surely my enemies will, and they will ruin me with it.”(Miller 10) In this quote Parris, repeats “I/ my” which shows how much he thinks of only himself when his niece (Abigail) has been accused for acts of witchcraft. The accusation he has made is very serious, he thinks that Abigail will ruin his life by letting his enemies know about her accusations. Parris thinks that if his enemies find out he might lose his throne and perhaps step down as the leader of the village as he would be a bad example to the society instead of helping his niece and daughter getting out of trouble. Parris is shown to be self centered in another situation as well, he says “It must have come out-my enemies will bring out. Let me know what you done there. Abigail, do you understand that I have many enemies? ” (Miller 10) In this quote he repeats “enemies”, my/I” several times, this displays how important it is for him to keep himself pure, even though he is not as flawless as he portrays himself. It shows that he does not want to lose his position as the leader of Salem. Also it shows that he does not care about his daughter Betty or his...

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