Reputaiton in Salem By Keegan Brady
Theme Of The Crucible
One major theme of the Crucible is reputation. Reputation is extremely important in Salem. It is necessary for one's reputation to be clear if they want to be seen as a good person and be seen as able to follow their religious beliefs, (http://www.litcharts.com). No one wants their reputation to be broken down after they have built it up all their lives especially when it comes to the Salem witch trials which threatens to do so. Throughout the play, there are many scenes where the characters act out to save their own reputations while ruining another's. That just goes to show how important reputation is to the people of Salem.
John Proctor Condemned as a Witch
Although he was hanged due to witchcraft he was able to keep his reputation and respect among the people because he refuses to falsely identify his friends and others as witches. This is very important to recognize, it identifies how important reputation was in Salem. In that time it meant everything to have a good reputation if you wanted respect. At the end of act 4, Proctor rips up his confession to pieces. Proctor has chosen to protect his reputation and integrity. “Proctor (with a cry of his whole soul ). Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life!”(Act 4, Miller). This example from the play the Crucible, shows how much reputation meant to Proctor. The trials weren't only affecting him either. Everybody in Salem was on edge about saving their reputations. Other people. for example Abigail Williams and the other afflicted girls, had claimed to see others with the devil to keep their reputations clean as well.