Elizabeth Proctor Reputation Analysis

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Reputation is an interesting concept. Such a big word with so much meaning. Reputation is simply how people in a community see an individual. This opinion is usually based on personal actions, but also on rumors. How is it that so much of life is based on how society sees a person? Reputations can be good, for example Rebecca Nurse. On the other hand, reputation can be demeaning. This was the case for Abigail Williams. The Puritans placed great emphasis on reputation. For them, a reputation was a direct reflection of a person. There was an extremely high expectation for citizens to follow all rules of the Bible and the community. To lose a good reputation was exiling one’s self. Therefore, protecting a reputation was protecting a way of life. …show more content…
She strives to follow all of God’s rules and the community knows it. Her husband on the other hand, is full of faults just like any other human being. Goody Proctor seems to embrace these faults and tries to accept them, and protect them. Elizabeth knows her husband has been unfaithful, however she stands by him and keeps up the pretenses to protect his reputation, and by extension, hers. Elizabeth knows that if news got out about the affair both their reputations would be down the drain. He would have a reputation of a lecher and she would be socially exiled with him. After John concedes to fornication with Abigail, Danforth calls Elizabeth in to confirm the accusation. Elizabeth has no idea that John has confessed, he is relying on her inability of deception. ““Answer my question! Is your husband a lecher!” “No, sir.” “Remove her, Marshal.” “Elizabeth, Tell the truth!” She has spoken. Remove her!” “Elizabeth I have confessed it!” “Oh, God!”” (Pg.1208). She lied under oath to protect her families’ prestige in the community. Elizabeth Proctor was willing to go against her morals and values to protect her husband’s …show more content…
When we first meet Hale he is very well known in the New World for his expertise in witchcraft. Upon his arrival, Hale is bombarded by unnerved villagers. They crowd the poor man offering any witness of odd occurrence for his consideration. Like telling the Dr. about every bump and bruise at an annual checkup. Hale has a reputation as a witch expert. He found a witch a year prior to our story and arrives on scene with oodles of books on a range of topics concerning every element of witchcraft. He has a reputation as a witch hunter. At first, Hale appears to be convinced of the presence of witchcraft. He ‘converts’ Tituba back to the ways of the Lord and, in a way, starts the momentum for later convictions. After a few days of trials however, Hale seems to become spectacle of the whole affair. The Reverend travels the country side to construct his own opinion of the people accused of witchcraft. After Rebecca Nurse and Elizabeth Proctor are arrested Hale advocates for the accused case in court. “”Beware this man, Your Excellency, this man is mischief.” “I think you must hear the girl, sir, she-“” (Pg.1190). In this scene Hale urges the judge to listen to Mary Warren, while Parris tries to dismiss Proctor 's argument. During Mary Warren and Proctor’s case against Abigail, Hale becomes the voice of reason. He spurns his reputation as a witch hunter and urges the officials

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