The Themes Of Reputation In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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Published in 1953 Arthur Miller’s book, “The Crucible”, one of the many books he wrote, parallels the experience Arthur Miller faced in New York when everyone was anti-communist because of the red scare and how people with alleged suspicions, like him were treated differently. There was an anti-communism in the 1960’s, and people were viewed as guilty if they had an association with communism. Arthur Miller represented his experience and people in a similar situation through the characters in the play’s point of view. Throughout the play, there are recurring themes of reputation, sacrifice, deception and fear, hysteria, and justice. To start off, Reputation has been a theme that is brought up during “The Crucible” many times during the interactions between characters. Parris, the town's reverend, was particularly fond of his reputation. He pleads, “I pray you, leap not to witchcraft. I know that you, you least of all, Thomas, would ever wish so disastrous a charge laid upon me. We cannot leap to witchcraft. They will howl me out of Salem for such a corruption in my house.”(The Crucible 1) People In Salem are waiting for Parris to slip up so they can get him out of his high seat. During act one, Parris seems very desperate with trying to maintain his reputation and seems awfully distraught when the mention of his reputation that could be stripped from him is mentioned. Much like Arthur Miller, who got blacklisted, reputation meant a whole lot in both time periods. In
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