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The Crucible John Proctor Reputation Quotes

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The Crucible Essay What others think about you is all people seem to care about. So when your reputation is good and is on the line, you will do almost anything to protect that. Reputation is the main value that the characters in The Crucible are trying to protect. The character John Proctor has a reputation within the village. “He is a sinner, a sinner not only against the moral fashion of the time, but of his own vision of decent conduct.” (144). This quote means that John Proctors reputation is being a sinner and has no respect for his conduct. John Proctor in the eyes of the towns people is a sinner and now he has to try and prove to them that he is a good person. “If you’ll notice, sir-they’ve known the women many years and never…show more content…
“Mr. Cheever, have warrants drawn for all of these-arrest for examination.” (Danforth 182). The girls that were caught doing witch craft now they have warrants out for them because of it. The girls’ good reputation has been ruined now that they got caught. “…I have here an accusation by Mr. Corey against you. He states that you coldly prompted your daughter to cry witchery upon George Jacobs that is now in jail.” (Danforth 182). This shows that someone thinks that the girls did perform witch craft and now that there is an accusation against them, the whole village will know what someone saw. The girl’s reputation is going to be ruined by the accusation made against them, and now they have to do anything to prove that they are innocent. Anyone will do anything to protect their reputation. People will do anything to protect their reputation. “Them that will not confess will hang.” (Danforth 200). The people of the village would rather be hung than to confess their sins. Their reputation means more to them than confessing and living. “Goody Proctor, your husband is marked to hang this morning.” (Hale 201). Her husband would rather be hanged than to confess and keep his life. The people’s reputation in the village is the most important thing to
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