Analysis Of Arthur Miller 's ' The Crucible '

908 Words Oct 29th, 2015 4 Pages
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 them to become very desperate to maintain or increase their reputations. Reputations in The Crucible greatly affects the behaviors of characters. John Proctor is the ideal early American Puritan man. He has good morals but is very stubborn when it comes to his beliefs. He is proud of his reputation that he has built for himself. This makes it very hard for Proctor to give up his good name. Proctor had an affair with Abigail Williams, which in a Puritan society can significantly impact one 's reputation. If he had admitted to having an affair he could have proved Abigail guilty. Also, Proctor could have avoided hanging and signed a confession, but he decides to save his reputation. When Proctor says, “Because it is my name! Because I…
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