The Crucible By Arthur Miller Essay

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Dying with your honor and integrity is better than living a life with a soiled reputation. In “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller readers follow citizens of Salem, Massachusetts during great hysteria of witch trials. Living in a society with Puritan religious values as a way of life, one strike on your family name can leave citizens shunned by all members of the town. When the talk of witchcraft starts no one wants to be named. Once the first few names are revealed the accused have one of two choices; admit to false pretences or die. All three men John Proctor, Reverend Hale, and Reverend Parris are respected, and are strong influence in their community, but when faced with the question of life or death of themselves and others, will they be willing to risk their good name for the right cause? Reputation is a major theme of Miller’s play and is a defining element of the characters and ultimately their decisions. Reverend Parris is a heavenly man filled with pride, and has a strong value of his own good name. When Parris finds his niece dancing in the forest in acts of voodoo he does everything in his power to cover their sins up. Parris is fearful in being wrapped up conspiracy and being seen as unfit to be a guardian “Abigail, I have fought here three long years to bend these stiff-necked people to me, and now, just now when some good respect is rising for me in the parish, you compromise my very character” (Miller 1239). Parris orders the witch hunt and starts the…

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