Essay on The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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All humans strive to appear as if they are the best people on the exterior for social gain and to uphold their good names. The inner conscience may be an entirely different story - a trainwreck- that doubts motives and actions. Reputation is a prime factor that drives the community of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible to the hangings of various innocent beings. Reverend Parris highly regards his reputation more than standing up to the authority. Judge Danforth wrongly condemns and hangs townspeople, yet refuses to admit his faults. By contrast, John Proctor is an ashamed lecher, but prioritizes saving his wife and saving the unjustly convicted people who are still alive. Throughout The Crucible, Arthur Miller utilizes corrupt male authority figures to show that falsely preserving one’s good name, instead of being truthful, leads to the destruction of innocents, of justice, and of individual personal dignity.
At first, Reverend Parris prioritizes the way the townspeople perceive him rather than the actual effects of the false witchcraftery accusations. Parris says. “In my house? In my house, Thomas? They will topple me with this!” (16). Due to the fact that the reverend is a well-respected religious figure, he fears the slight feasibility of the Devil’s presence will taint his spirit and good name. His uncompassionate attitude towards the “curse” on Betty demonstrates the surface of the iceberg of the inequitable court system. Fearing that the townspeople will prosecute him,…

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