What does Parris do when Proctor attempts to make his case?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Parris' primary opposition and his rejection of Proctor in its most basic and elemental form emerge as Proctor seeks to make his case.  Parris seeks to make his case in the most demonstrative of ways as Proctor seems to be increasing in intensity as he is making his own case.  It gets to the point during the trial where Parris is rebuked into silence by the Judges Danforth and Hathorne because he is so oppositional to what Proctor is saying.  The rift between Parris and Proctor had been evident throughout the drama, as early as the opening Act.  Yet, in the trial, it becomes evident that both of them possess a fundamental viewpoint on the world and human consciousness within it.  Parris is more along the lines of stressing that consciousness must adhere to the structure of power, especially when he is a part of that power structure.  Proctor is emerging to the point where the abuse of power is not justification for it in his own mind.  As Proctor emerges to this point of view, Parris interrupts, claims that Proctor only seeks to bring harm to the proceedings, emphasizes that there has been a personal animosity that Proctor has held towards Parris, as well as ensuring that his attempts are made to solely derail Proctor's testimony.  At these points, one becomes clear that the tension between both men resort to a point in terms of how one sees the world and those within it.

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