The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Reputation can play an important role in our everyday lives. It is how we are defined as people. There is no middle when it comes to reputation, only good or bad. People will act a certain way based on their reputations. Some will go out of their way to the last dying breath to make sure they leave with a good or bad reputation. In one of the recent literature study in class “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, Miller uses characterization to illustrate reputation throughout the play. “The Crucible” takes place in Salem, Massachusetts. It is based upon the Salem witch trails. In “The Crucible”, we journey through the life of three characters who reputations plays a major role in the play. The three characters are John Proctor, Abigail Williams, and Reverend Parris. When put in a tight situation dealing with life or death, all of these characters choose to keep their reputations rather than save their lives or do the right thing. The preponderance of having a good name is a very prevalent theme in “The Crucible”. Arthur Miller uses characterization to portray John Proctor’s reputation throughout the play. John Proctor is the protagonist of “The Crucible”. From the beginning opening act, Arthur Miller characterizes Proctor as an honest man with good morals who tries his very best to do the right thing. He is a well-respected man around the village of Salem, which later causes his good reputation. This is the reason why it is hard for Proctor to give up his good…

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