Essay about The Crucible By John Proctor

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The Crucible - John Proctor: Respect, Reputation, and Integrity

In 1692, Salem was caught up in the hysteria of witchcraft accusations. By the time this hysteria had ended twenty four people had died, nineteen were hanged, while others died in prison. In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, themes such as reputation, guilt, innocence and truth are examined. Reputation has been a deciding factor throughout history. The Crucible conveys how important a person’s reputation is and the lengths they will go to to protect it, but one must find a balance between this and being humble. In Salem, Massachusetts, reputation is an important aspect to daily life and a person’s morals. John Proctor’s good name and the respect and integrity associated with it were factors that determined his character. Proctor went to great lengths to protect his integrity and reputation and manages to do so until the very end of the play.
Salem is a community of hard working, church going people. Occasional disputes over land, boundaries and deeds create bitter disagreements, but these are God fearing people. Religion is part of the fabric of life in Salem. On the Sabbath you do not work; you go to church. It is a day when people demonstrate their belief in the Gospel and show respect for the minister. Here is where our tragic hero, John Proctor, differs from the other Salem men, and here is where he clashes with the church and the courts, because pride, respect and reputation are ultimately John…

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