Analysis Of Arthur Miller 's ' The Crucible '

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Jack Del Giudice
Mrs. Schmiedeler
English 2F
21 October 2015
Crucible Essay
“It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” This is a quote by Benjamin Franklin and it explains how the puritan society in The Crucible work. this quote shows how fragile a reputation can be, you can spend your whole life increasing your reputation, but one wrong move and it’s completely wrong. In The Crucible, many of Arthur Miller’s characters are very concerned with their reputation. In early American Puritan society reputation was one the most important values in their community, which leads to many characters that overvalue their reputation. Characters in this play become so obsessed their reputation that it causes
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(Miller 122) The confession would be hung on the church door for all to see and his reputation would be ruined. Proctor attempted to save lives by telling the court the truth, but he failed. He sees his friends and neighbors hung nobly and decides to not live with the guilt of lying and decides to die and wants to be remembered as the man he was not a coward. Reverend Parris will do anything in his power to save his reputation. He is known as the reverend of the church which is a very high position in a Puritan society. A lot of citizens do not agree with the way he teaches in the church including John Proctor. Reverend Parris reveals how much his reputation mean to him when he says, “Abigail, I have fought here three long years to bend these stiff-necked people to me.”(11). In this quote Parris is talking about how much time he has put into his reputation and that now Abigail is taking it all away In the trials, Parris is having internal conflicts about the innocence of many people. He knows he should stand up and say they are innocent, but he also knows if he did he would damage his reputation greatly. During the trials, Parris knows deep down that some of the people are not guilty. Parris has very little respect in the town expect for
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