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The Crucible

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The Crucible
The Seven Deadly Sins, also known as cardinal sins, is a classification of immoral behavior. The Seven Deadly Sins are Anger, Pride, Greed, Lust, Wrath, Envy, and Sloth. I, on the other hand, will be talking about the sin Greed. Greed is the excessive want of something that will give you power, economic gain, or please your desires. In the story, “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, there are many sins that are broken, but there are two characters that show the most Greed above everyone else.
The first character that shows this sin, is a man known as Reverend Parris. Reverend Parris demands the deed to the house that he did not buy, but that was given to him. In the first act, Proctor says, “Mr. Parris, you are the first minister ever did demand the deed to this house-”. The house the Parris wants is the house that the Church gives him, a house given to him by the community. Reverend Parris knows no bounds when it comes to Greed, in fact he argues with Giles Corey about the amount he should be paid for his holy services. Parris tells Corey, “Mr. Corey, you will look far for a man of my kind at sixty pound a year!” His selfish self-centered ways are unreasonable that he would take advantage of the Lord for his own personal gain. Yet another instance of his Greed is told by John Proctor once again. When John Proctor is telling Reverend Hale why he hasn’t been going to Church, he says, “But Parris came, and for twenty week he preachin nothin but golden candlesticks until he had them.” This shows how Reverend Parris wants nothing but the best, a quality that comes with being Greedy.
A character that strongly shows this sin would be a man named Thomas Putnam. When one of the Putnam’s neighbors gets accused, Giles Corey steps in. Giles Corey tries to show Putnam’s corruption by telling the court, “The man is killing his neighbors for his land”. This shows that Putnam would go to extreme lengths to get what he wants. Thomas Putnam, of course, denies this...

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