The theme of wanting to keep a reputation is very prevalent in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, where characters such as John Proctor and Abigail Williams's choices are affected due to the desire to preserve their reputation. The desire shown throughout this play is not fictional and is very real in modern culture. We see it everyday, people putting their own personal needs, such as reputation, being put first than truth and or compassion. A modern example of these actions will be Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations, where he continuously claimed to be innocent after 51 women alleged that Cosby sexually assaulted them. This dependence of maintain a reputation in order to retain a good public opinion should stop and regarded as wrong.
Examples in "The Crucible"
"The overall message is that when a person's actions are driven by desires to preserve favorable public opinion rather than do the morally right thing, there can be extremely dire consequences." (Lindsay) -relating to the theme of The Crucible
Throughout the whole playwright, the theme of dependence of keeping a good reputation is present. For example, in Scene One of Act One, Reverend Parris starts to question Abigail about her involement in the witchcraft rumors around town and her reputation in the town. She responds with
"My name is good in the village! I will not have it said my name is soiled! Goody Proctor is a gossiping liar!" (Miller)
Abigail responds very defensively, showing that she cares about her reputation in the town and will not have it be tainted by Goody Proctor "lies".