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Who are Reverend Parris, Betty, and Abigail, and what is their relationship in The Crucible?

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Reverend Parris is kind of a big deal in Salem. In this Puritan theocracy, he gets to exercise both spiritual and temporal power, and he wants to keep it that way. So when he catches his niece, Abigail Williams, cavorting around like a witch in the forest one night, he immediately fears for his good name and reputation. But when his daughter Betty gets sick, he sees a great opportunity to prevent his good name from being tarnished and to cement his power among the townsfolk.

When the doctor is called out to treat Betty, he finds that he can't help her; he thinks that whatever's ailing her is spiritual, not physical, and that there are dark, diabolical forces at work. This convinces Parris that there are witches in Salem, and with the help of his lying, manipulative niece, he sets about generating a witch craze that will engulf the whole town, setting neighbor against neighbor and destroying numerous innocent lives.

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Reverend Parris is Salem's elected spiritual leader, who is worried that...

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Reverend Paris as the name suggests is a reverend who has great authority in the crucible, he lives in fear of his reputation being soiled and he is a person who looks at the material part of life while betty in the other hand is his daughter and abigail is his neice and because of whom the which hunt began.