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How is Parris a bad minister in "The Crucible"?

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Reverend Parris is depicted as a completely selfish and materialistic individual who is not concerned with saving people's souls or being the spiritual leader of Salem.

In the opening scene of the play, Reverend Parris reveals his selfish personality by focusing on the way that Betty's mysterious illness will negatively affect his reputation. Reverend Parris seems more concerned about losing his position as minister and incurring the wrath of his enemies than he is about his daughter's health.

Reverend Parris also displays his greedy, materialistic personality by demanding a deed to his house and complaining about his salary. Parris resents the fact that he is not a well-paid minister and even demands that he has golden candlesticks at his altar. John Proctor also mentions that Reverend Parris only preaches about hellfire and damnation, which is both uninspiring and threatening.

Proctor even tells Reverend...

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