The Crucible Reputation Essay

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Reputation: is the beliefs or opinions that are generally held about someone or something. Success in society, like buying or owning property, during the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller depended on one's reputation. Set in Salem, during the summer months of 1692, The Crucible brings to life what lengths some went to save their good name. Whether it is the stern and just Lieutenant Governor and Judge Danforth, religious, churchly figure, Reverend Parris, or higher moral and model citizen John Proctor, each’s reputation has greater importance than having a safe society. Danforth, Parris, and Proctor’s self-centeredness contributed to the evolution of the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller: more innocent people were jailed or hanged during…show more content…
Mr Hale you surely do not doubt my justice… That is precisely what I am about to consider, sir, what more may you ask of me? Unless you doubt my probity. I surely do not, sir. Let you consider it, then.’’ (Miller 942/943)? Hale tried to change Danforth’s mind and stop sending people to death if there was no proof. Danforth does not approve of Hale doubting him. In fact, he questions Hale if he doubts his justice. Hale, with no other choice, reassures Danforth that he respects him. Near the end of Act III, Proctor bursts out in a tyrant of words after Mary Warren accuses John of witchcraft, damning Danforth in court. The response from Danforth was simple, but not forgiving. ¨My name, he want my name. I’ll murder you he says, if my wife hangs! We must go and overthrow the court, he says!¨ ¨A fire, a fire is burning! I hear the boot of Lucifer, I see his filthy face, and yours, Danforth! For them that quail to bring men out of ignorance, as I have quailed, and as you quail now when you know in all your black hearts that this be fraud- God damns our kind especially, and we will burn, we will burn together!¨ ¨Marshall! Take him and Corey with him to jail (Miller 952).¨ Proctor confesses to being against God, after Mary Warren succumbs to pressure and accuses John of Witchcraft. John is furious with Danforth for not believing him, after he gave evidence that Abigail and the Girls were lying. Danforth has no
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