In The Crucible, why is Reverend Parris so terrified by the events in Salem?

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Reverend Parris was terrified by the events in Salem because the situation threatened his position as a minister in the community. Prior to finding the girls dancing in the woods and the chain of events that followed, Parris was already facing numerous challenges from the community. His appointment as minister was not readily welcomed by a section of the community because they supported a different candidate. On the other hand, a different section of the community resisted his authority because they believed he was selfish and high-handed in his activities as the minister.

Reverend Parris was suspicious of his congregation, and he believed they were out to oust him. He also thought that...

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