Explore how themes of repression and conformity are introduced in act 1 of the crucible.
In the crucible the themes of repression and conformity are very apparent. Their puritanical society and constant fear of attack from the Native Americans makes the society very strict. Due to the society being a theocracy, they are given no choice as to who shall rule. Many, including Proctor do not support Parris in his leadership, “we vote by name in this society, not by acerage. This limits the people of Salem’s freedom, creating tension, and decreasing the willingness of the people to conform.
Parris, being a minister relishes in the power given to him in this theocracy. Due to his high status as a minister in a strict Puritanical society, he holds a lot of power. He frequently emphasises the importance of conforming “There is either obedience or the church will burn like hell is burning!” This line shows how Parris believes himself to be conforming to God’s rules by constantly reiterating the harsh consequence of hell if they do not obey. The syntax in this sentence is very telling, and puts the most emphasis on “obedience”. Parris believes that by being dedicated to his job as minister, he is fulfilling his duty to God, yet his main drive to “bend these stiff-necked people” is for his own benefit. This is completely against the morals of any Christian; who stress the importance of a minister looking after his people and always making his congregation a priority. Parris is a character that allows the audience to see the weaknesses and flaws in the society. Parris gives the audience an insight into the main reasons for the religion and society’s downfall.
Of all the characters in the play, Parris feels the least effects of repression. Being of a high up status, and the strong belief puritans have in God gives him power but little freedom. He must constantly please people in order to gain their trust, for example, “Thomas, Thomas, I pray you, leap not to...