Parris says, "You cannot hang this sort. There is danger for me." What "sort" does he mean, and what is the danger to him? (Deep analysis)

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

In act 4, Reverend Parris arrives at the Salem jail, visibly upset. Parris proceeds to lament about finding a dagger stuck in his front door from his threatening neighbors and begs Deputy Governor Danforth to pardon John Proctor and Rebecca Nurse. Reverend Parris specifically tells Danforth,

You cannot hang this sort. There is danger for me. I dare not step outside at night!

Reverend Parris is referring to upstanding, respected community members like John Proctor and Rebecca Nurse, who have positive reputations and plenty of friends in town. At this point in the play, Danforth, Hathorne, and Salem's leading authority figures have been arresting and hanging disreputable citizens. They have yet to receive pushback, but citizens...

(The entire section contains 369 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on