In The Crucible, Arthur Miller shapes Parris’s character as a very selfish person, and everything he did was to keep his good reputation in the village and to get rid of anyone against him, which drives him mad. In the book, Parris is describing as a selfish person. For example, “Abigail, I have fought here three long years to bend these stiff-necked people to me, and now, just now when some good respect is rising for me in the parish, you compromise my very character. I have given you a home, child. I have put clothes upon your back—now give me an upright answer.
The ironies in “The Crucible” When many people think of “The Crucible” they think of the irony in the play. There are many different examples in the play, including the minister, the Puritan religion, and the killing of Salem’s finest people. The minister in the town of Salem, Reverend Parris, is a very egotistical and paranoid person. Parris is always concerned about himself and his reputation around the town. He want’s everyone to like him, for this reason he always seems to be paranoid about what people are thinking of him.
Imagine learning that the “wretched old woman” who taught you catechism is aligned with the devil. Young Goodman Brown is being thrown for a loop. Even the minister and deacon Gookin are going to this sinister communion being held by the devil. Young Goodman Brown must now come to terms with the fact that the people who has known his whole life, and taught him how to be a devoted Christian, were nothing more than lying and deceitful worshipers of the devil. During this journey Young Goodman Brown must deal not only his spiritual conflicts, but also the shocking revelations about his family.
We shall hex the Pentateuch and slip you in neatly between Numbers and Deuteronomy!” (101) These words, directed at Brady from Drummond, are rather unnecessary and cruel on Drummond’s part. In addition, Henry Drummond appears to be a very intimidating and malicious evolutionist. He is immediately portrayed as the bad guy in the story; the person defending Cates only in order to wreck the townspeople’s faith in the Bible. According to Brady, “He wants to destroy everyone’s belief in the Bible, and in our God!” (98) Yet, at the end of the
The thought of being able to hear everyone 's’ thoughts, all the time is truly terrifying. This is the case for all the men in the novel The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, this ability to hear everyone’s thoughts is known as “the Noise”. The setting of Prentisstown on New World is a town filled with nothing but lies to the protagonist, Todd Hewitt. The characters in the novel are constantly trying to manipulate others to get them to do as they want, especially Aaron, an old fashioned run down preacher at Prentisstown’s church and the mayor of Prentisstown. The minor themes in “The Knife of Never Letting Go” come together to help present the main theme of the novel.
The prominence of one’s name or reputation in the Crucible by Arthur Miller is a vital one. In the restrictive Puritan society of Salem, one’s reputation is established through the demonstration of their honesty, hard-work and strict adherence to the Christian doctrine. Reverend Parris is the first character in the play that openly addresses the importance of his reputation to himself. Even though people dislike his personality, they respect him for his strong belief in Christianity. He is unfavourable of his name getting defamed in the town even when he has seen the girls and Tituba attempting to perform witchcraft: Later in the novel when he suggests a stop on the witch hunts to Danforth, he is afraid that if he reveals too much, he would himself get accused of being associated with the devil.
John Proctor is upset that his name must be posted for all the village to see, because it will tarnish his name. John Proctor’s character is one based on reputation, and guilt. The guilt comes from his affair with Abigail Williams. The reputation aspect comes from when he is accused by Mary Warren of trying to turn her to the Devil. I believe that John Proctor grows tired of the accusations, as to why he speaks of his false involvement with Satan in front of the town.
Hale tries exceedingly hard to save those who were falsely accused of witchcraft. I, like Reverend Hale, do not like causing other people grief or offending them so I always overthink every decision so as not to do so. When I used to wrestle with my siblings, I always felt terrible if they were hurt. Reverend Hale never made an excuse for the witch trials he admitted he was wrong and tried to fix it.
This scene is hilarious and ironic at the same time because he is constantly contradicting himself by claiming he is religious, but, in reality, he hates religion. “So she done it. And it was the niggers—I just expected it. She said the beautiful trip to England was most about spoiled for her; she didn 't know HOW she was ever going to be happy there, knowing the mother and the children warn 't ever going to see each other no more While Mary Jane packs her bags for England, she displays her sadness to Huck because she is distraught by the fact that the King and the Duke is selling Wilk’s slaves, separating the mother from their kids.
Voltaire also “expressed his contempt towards organized religion and its disregard for human suffering” (Khan). All of the novel’s characters were forced into tragic circumstances as they struggled to try to fit in with how the church viewed things. Phrases such as “all is for the best” and “the best of all possible worlds” was nonsense to Voltaire. Throughout the novel, he continued to debate about evil’s existence in the universe. In doing so, he also attacked other people’s philosophies and literary texts.