Proctor's Reputation In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Proctor’s reluctance to sign his confession shows how highly he views his reputation and friends, and because of this, he is willing to die to keep his honor intact. As the fourth act comes to a close Proctor cannot get himself to give his signature even though the judges have almost brought it out of him. He decides he cannot go through with it and exclaims: “Because it is my name! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! I have given you my soul; leave me my name!”(Miller 143). His repetition of “name” represents his obsession with his reputation and how there is no way he should be allowed to be negatively compared to “dust on the feet”. Proctor’s request to leave his name allows him to die in a positive and courageous

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