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The Importance Of Reputation In The Crucible

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Reputation. It's a 10 letter word that, until you're being stared straight into the face by death, you don't realize the amount of weight it truly holds. The Webster dictionary defines reputation as the “overall quality or character as seen or judged by people in general”. Reputation is displayed throughout the Crucible as Arthur Miller stresses the importance of a good standing in your society. When a person’s reputation is tainted in a society it will cause them to do whatever they can to save themselves. The Crucibles Act 1 clearly establishes the facts that a good reputation in this society is crucial for the best chance at survival in a town that will kill you with any suspicion you could be a witch. A bad reputation is hard to come back from and will ultimately hurt you more than anything. Parris is suspicious about why Abigail was let go from the Proctor household so he begins to question her about what really happened. Abigail justifies herself with saying it had nothing to do with her, rather it was all Elizabeth's fault because they want black slaves and she is not a slave. Abigail abruptly says to Parris “my name is good in the village! I will not have it said my name is soiled! Goody Proctor is a gossiping liar” (1220). This furthers the point that a good reputation is the key to most everything so much that Abigail would rather trash Elizabeth's name than tell the truth about why she was really fired by the Proctors. After the Doctor visits, Parris asks
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