The Crucible Reputation Essay

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The term reputation is a widespread belief that someone or something has a particular habit or characteristic. Throughout History, reputation has become a powerful force in shaping human behavior. Whether in personal relationships or life, reputation can impact how we are perceived and determine the course of our lives. Reputation is a central theme in Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, the play explores the consequences of rumors and the influence of public opinion on individual lives. Throughout the play, characters are motivated by the desire to protect their reputations. In The Crucible, the characters in the community are forced to confront the accusations of witchcraft that threaten their lives in the community. Reputation is mainly used …show more content…

John Proctor is the protagonist of the play The Crucible. Proctor is a well-respected farmer who has a strong sense of personal integrity. He is reluctant to get involved in the witch trials, but when his wife is accused of witchcraft, he soon realizes his reputation is at stake. In Act II, line 269, John explains how harsh this place has become, “I never knew until tonight that the world is gone daft with this nonsense” (p.615). When John is acted to sign a confession admitting to witchcraft, he refuses because he knows that if he signs the false confession it will ruin his reputation. In act III, line 128, Proctor describes that all the girls in the village are liars “Excellency, does not strike upon you that so many of these women have lived so long with such upright reputation and-” (p.635). When john says this, he means that all the girls in the village have taken the reputation down the wrong path when lying in court about witchcraft. In this way, Proctor shows that reputation is a source of power and resists pressure to conform to the expectations of others and stand up for what is …show more content…

Abigail is a young woman who was once a servant in the proctor household. She has an affair with John Proctor, and when his wife discovers the relationship, she dismissed Abigail. Abigail is motivated by a desire for revenge and the desire to protect her own reputation. In act, I, line 69, Abigail confronts the village with a temper saying “my name is good in the village! I will not have it said my name is soiled” (p.570). She accuses Elizabeth Proctor of witchcraft, hoping to eliminate her romantic rival and protect her own reputation as a respectful young woman. In act I, line 203, Abigail explains to John “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 (p.578). Abigail explains to John that Elizabeth is a bad woman, but all Abigail is doing is ruining her reputation when lying about her name in the village. In this way, Miller shows that reputation can be a powerful motivator, as Abigail is willing to destroy the lives of others in order to protect her own

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