Theme Of Corruption In The Crucible

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Parris had no backbone and when he was confronted he chose the path of least resistance. His cowardliness was displayed when he stated ,“I know that that you-you least of all, Thomas, would ever wish so disastrous a charge laid upon me. They will howl me out of Salem for such corruption in my house.” (141). Parris tried to convince Mr. Putnam to withhold the accusation of witchcraft; he was desperate. Parris would have rather kept secrets, than be transparent about what happened in the forest. Another instance where he exhibited cowardice was when Proctor entered the courthouse and Parris falsely claimed “He’s come to overthrow this court, Your Honor!” (181). Parris used this false accusation as an attempt to have Proctor arrested. However,