What is Reverend Parris' personality throughout The Crucible?

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dneshan | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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Reverand Parris displays a few personality traits throughout the play.  In Act 1, Parris is portrayed as a greedy man who cares more about his reputation than he does about his own daughter.  In this act, he is praying and seems to be worried about Betty’s well-being but when explaining his worry to other characters, he constantly mentions how his congregation will see him if witchcraft is found in his house.  In Act 3, Parris can be described as bossy, pushy, and annoying.  As the trials progress, he is always in the way of the judges and tries to almost act as a judge to the point that Danforth says to him, “Mr. Parris, I bid you be silent.”  In Act 4, Parris changes a bit; he is still worried about his reputation but when he realizes that his life may be at stake, he becomes fearful that someone will kill him.

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gmuss25 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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As was mentioned in the previous post, Reverend Parris is a selfish, greedy man throughout the play. He is initially more concerned with his reputation than the well-being of his daughter and his niece. He is also obsessed with his authority and status throughout the community. Reverend Parris believes that there is a faction in the church that is attempting to unseat him, which is why he supports Abigail's false testimonies. John Proctor also brings up Reverend Parris's greedy and callous nature in Act One. Proctor complains about Parris's insistence that he have golden candlesticks and the deed to his home. These petty demands reveal Reverend Parris's greedy attitude. Proctor also complains that Parris preaches about hell and damnation too much, instead of hope and forgiveness. After Abigail steals his money and flees, Reverend Parris becomes overwhelmed with depression and anxiety. He does not feel guilty about the innocent people that have been wrongly convicted and is more concerned about his wealth and safety. Overall, Reverend Parris is a greedy, callous, selfish man throughout the play. 

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what is a quote that in the book the crucible that explains what rev parris dislikes?