Theme Of Reputation In The Crucible

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The play The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, takes place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Reverend Paris is the head preacher of Salem and constantly felt the need to keep up his reputation so the people would respect him. John Proctor felt the need to preserve his reputation, and ultimately died rather then live with a bad name. Abigail refused to admit the truth at the end of the trial because she knew it would ruin the way the town saw her. But is a good name better than the truth? Throughout The Crucible the characters are all concerned with their reputation, which costs many their lives. Reverend Paris was one of the characters that cared tremendously about his reputation. At the start of the play, Reverend Paris found his daughter…show more content…
After being found dancing in the forest, Abigail took the leadership position of all the girls involved. Before entering the court, to testify in the witch trials, she said to the girls, “Now look you. All of you. We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam’s dead sisters. And that’s all” (Miller 19). After her uncle, Reverend Paris, found her dancing in the forest she becomes so nervous by what the people of Salem will think of her, that she believes her only way out is to lie. When accusing people in trial Abigail brings Elizabeth, Proctor’s wife, name up in court and when John Proctor confronted her about it she said, “she is blackening my name in the village! She is yelling lies about me! She is a cold shoveling woman” (Miller 22). Abigail had had an affair with John Proctor and although she knows it really happened she’s denying it. Abigail worked in people’s homes as a housemaid and she knew that if she had a bad name nobody would want her working in their homes so, she lies in order to keep that reputation up. By the end of the play these lies have become too great to handle and the only way she sees to escape theme is to run. Paris is talking to Danforth, the lead judge for this trial, and he says, “there is news, sir, that the court- the court must reckon with. My niece, sir, my niece- I believe she has vanished” (Miller 116). Abigail hadn’t even told her
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