The Crucible: Relations to today's society Lexi marker

Theme of The Crucibe

In The Crucible, there are many themes that can be observed throughout the play. One theme that was the most prevalent in the play was characters trying to protect their reputation. Reputation can be defined as the way that other people perceive you. The characters in the play have a lot of pride. They're all known for doing this and that; and when Hell breaks loose in the town, there isn't anything the characters want more than keeping their good name.

Scene from The Crucible that shows this theme

In The Crucible, an example of a character protecting their reputation is when John Proctor is asked to sign a paper as proof of his confession to witchcraft. He begins to lose his patience with Danforth (he is the one insisting on him signing the paper), and is getting very emotional about his name. In act four, line 723, Danforth says "Then explain to me, Mr. Proctor, why you will not let-" (Proctor:) "(with a cry of his whole soul) Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!" (Miller). The theme is present in this example because John Proctor is verbally confessing to witchcraft, and is accepting the consequence of death. But in the example above, he says I have given you my soul; leave me my name. His name is his reputation, because everyone in the town knows Proctor as a good man. He is trying to protect his reputation by not being remembered as a bad person.

Current event that is related to this theme

A current event that is related to this theme is the suspension of three football players on the Michigan State football team. Below is an interview with the coach (skip to 10 minutes).

How this event is related to the theme in The Crucible

The players were not seen in the team photo, and no formal notice of suspension was really put out on the media; it was addressed in interviews with the coaches. As soon as Jim Hardbaugh is questioned during an interview about the suspension, he quickly gets tense and storms off to end the interview. By doing so, he is attempting to protect the three player's reputations as student athletes. He wants to protect their names and reputations so they are still able to succeed as athletes and kind people.

Why does this theme matter?

The theme of protecting reputations is important in today's society. Nowadays, small offenses stick with a person like glue. Even if someone has changed, their past is always relevant when it comes to applying to colleges, being an athlete, or getting a job. Protecting someone's (or your own) reputation should be an action everyone is willing to take. I believe that people can change, and actions in the past do not define people. I feel that when a person is trying to change, it is easiest when their mistakes are hidden and their reputation is salvaged. By keeping a good vibe on a person's name, their reputation is protected; and that is something everyone should do.

Works Cited

AdamCBiggers81. "Jim Harbaugh Talks 2016 Camp, Storms off after Suspension Question." YouTube. YouTube, 15 Aug. 2016. Web. 23 Nov. 2016.

Miller, Arthur. The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts. New York: Viking, 1953. Print.

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