Reputation In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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Reputation is the beliefs or opinions that are generally held about someone or something. Reputation can directly correlate with pride, which is a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one 's own achievements. Reputations are very important to the characters in The Crucible and if they want to preserve their reputation, through pride, they do whatever is necessary to keep it. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the characters John Proctor, Abigail Williams, and Judge Danforth all show dramatic actions to preserve their reputations, each of these characters either hurt themselves or others by being prideful and dishonest for the sake of their good name. There are several ways that Abigail Williams shows her objective of preserving her reputation in the book. One example is when she blames Tituba for making her laugh during prayer and to drink blood. Abigail Williams tells Hale, “She sends her spirit on me in church; she makes me laugh at prayer!...She comes to me every night to go and drink blood!” (41). Abigail tells Reverend Hale this to make sure she doesn 't get blamed or caught doing witchcraft in her right mind, but to preserve her reputation she says that Tituba made her do it and that she had no choice. Another example of Abigail Williams preserving her reputation is when she speaks to John Proctor about his wife. “She is blackening my name in the village! She is telling lies about me! She is a cold, sniveling woman, and you bend to her! Let her turn
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