Reputation In The Crucible

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Reputation is defined as a presumption on any person or thing, usually made by the community or general public. Many of the characters in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible are self-involved and excessively worried about maintain a good reputation within the small community. The Crucible discusses many events and issues within the reader which links to today’s society. While reading this play. Due to the controversy of many detailed within, it is difficult for me not to compare today’s society to the play. John Proctor. Reverend parries, Elizabeth Proctor and Abigail Williams are only a few of the characters who care more about minting a good name in the village than they do about their own well-being. These characters would rather put their life …show more content…
Elizabeth’s Proctor says “cold hands, warm heart”. Although Elizabeth does not provided a warm home life for John Proctor, she remains moral, composed and good throughout the crucible. It’s these qualities that allows the annihilation of Elizabeth’s superb reputation when she is unknowingly put to the test that will determine her own fate, as well as John’s future and many others who were accused of witch craft. Personally, Elizabeth links to my life. I try to create a clean reputation in our community which allows me to maintain self-esteem and procced through daily life. This is done by remaining moral and composed and creating a positive atmospheres. Back in the time represented in The Crucible, in a small town like Salem, you need a good reputation, as without one you could be left jobless, or as an easy target for dispute. In today’s society, if you are seen as a threat or a nuisance to society you would most likely be put into court and be given a warning. From today’s society to the Crucibles the laws are partially the same as in if you have a bad reputation you most likely will be punished. Reputation also links to sports in today’s society. Justin Gatilin for example, World Champion 100m sprinter consumed drugs causing his reputation to go downhill, losing fans, sponsorships and popularity due to Gatilin not keeping a clean reputation in …show more content…
Proctor understands that when he signs the confession he is lying. This sacrifice of honour is the hardest for him to bear. Proctor wanting to be honest in himself and his wish to preserve his family tears proctor into two. Proctor is not willing to sacrifice his name, as he doesn’t want the knowledge that people will see him differently if he confesses/or lies. Confessing will save Proctors life, Proctor doesn’t want to know that he lied to god and the community. Proctor knows that nailing his confession to the church door establishes a betrayal of everyone who refuses to confess. A public display of Proctors signature will destroy his reputation, pride and identity within the village. Proctor will lose his good name and be referred to as a ‘broken man’. Proctor's decision to destroy the confession demonstrates his commitment in telling the truth, in-ability to tolerate false hood towards himself. This scene links to modern society, if an important person/ public figure in our society lies there name is thought negatively upon within the

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