The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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Throughout the play The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, the main theme was reputation. Reputation is the general estimation in which a person is held by the public. Reputation is very important in Salem town because the town’s people care what they think of them. Witchcraft plays a huge role throughout the book and if someone is being named a witch then their reputation will be greatly affected. Focused on maintaining good public reputation, the people in the town of Salem feared that the sins of their friends and associates will taint or ruin their names. Mandy characters for example John Proctor and Reverend Parris, base their actions on the desire to protect their personal reputation. When the play first begins, Parris fears that Abigail, his niece, is convicted of being a witch because of her horrific actions. Abagail was dancing and conjuring spirits in the woods with Parris’s daughter. The witchcraft that associated with his daughter’s coma; which caused much chaos and Parris to lose his power as a Reverend in Salem. Parris feels that power and reputation is the most important thing to him; as a Reverend and as a townsperson in Salem. For example on Parris shouts, “I want a mark of confidence, is all! I am your third preacher in seven years. I do not wish to be put out like the cat whenever some majority feels the whim. You people seem not to comprehend that a minister is the lord’s man in the parish; a minister is not to be so lightly crossed and contradicted.” (Miller
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