What is Parris's feeling towards the congregation?

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teacherdjd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Parris is very concerned about his standing in the community and realizes that his role as Minister is one of great power. He believes that some members of the community are out to destroy him and remove him from this position of power. Additionally, he believes that his standing as leader of the church warrants him numerous perks and advantages that his predecessors have not received. Essentially, he is extremely arrogant and power hungry and believes that everyone in the community should recognize his authority and not question anything that he says or does.

renelane eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Parris views his role as minister as that of a job. He constantly reminds his congregation that he was in the business world before-money is still a great concern. He often seems dismissive and condescending of his congregation. He usually tries to conform in his actions to what will garner him the most respect and awe.