Main motivation
He wanted to gain more respect, especially from the Elders. He also wanted the ownership of the house that was owned b y the church.
Main conflict
With John Proctor as he didn’t regularly attend church. He criticised Paris’ sermons and way of preaching. He is easily offended.
Easily insulted, ignorant, controlling, expects to be respected, greedy, violent
Effect on plot
Tries to influence people like Danforth and Hathorne to go against John Proctor. He can be seen as the catalyst for the witch hunt as Abigail feared Parris’ violent nature and what punishment he would inflict on her for dancing in the woods.
“I want a mark of confidence, is all! I am your third preacher in seven years. You people seem not to comprehend that a minister is the Lord’s man in the parish; a minister is not to be so lightly crossed and contradicted”.

Excellency, since I came to Salem, this man is blackening my name”.
Role in the conflicts

Samuel Parris
  • Minister – inhumane, selfish, self-assertive, self-important, greedy
  • Seeking to serve his own interests and protect the security of his position
  • Bitter at his lack of acceptance by the community
  • Is forced to acknowledge his own hand in the murder of innocent people