Hypocrisy seems to be the issue in the town of Salem.
We see hypocrisy cover the lives of the religious leaders in Salem.
Proctor gives an example of Parris’ selfish nature.
He, as a reverend, wants to be remembered as somewhat of a deity.
He believed he was being persecuted wherever he went, despite his best efforts to win people and God to his side…He felt insulted if someone rose to shut the door without first asking his permission” (Miller 1).
Parris, as the leader of the Church, defiled his position. Parris was a selfish man who only cared about his reputation.I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. We see hypocrisy in the lives of the religious leaders, or Reverends, of the town, we see it in the lives of the rich and greedy, as well as in the lives of the guilty. ” Such a line was said by Miss Abigail Williams, who claimed to be a gift from God, but as we see, turned out to be the devil herself. Jones AP Language 1 December 2009 The Crucible True Purpose One of the factors that can be accredited to starting the hysteria over witchery in the Crucible is the weakness of several of the characters in the story.The fear and lack of mental stability of these characters are a pivotal reason as to why these trials took place.The tragic hero of the story John Proctor also exemplifies hypocrisy.When asked to recite his commandment Proctor whether intentionally or forgetfully fails to mention “thou shall not commit adultery.” Proctor claimed to be man of god even though his prior sins with Abigail violated this very commandment.In a Puritan civilization, the amount of power the Church and the court had on the citizens was unfair.The Church was depended on to make laws and the court acted as a threat and intimidated civilians to obey the laws.The abuse of power within the Church is clear as well as the corruption of the court. The life of a Puritan citizen was unfair and unfortunate.