The Crucible

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Reputation- Use it, don’t abuse it

Having a good reputation is a goal that every human being wants accomplished during his or her life, but only to a certain extent. Having a reputation, the basic theme of this book, has a great amount of importance in The Crucible. This theme plays a tremendous role in what the basis of this book is. Arthur miller developed this theme throughout the book by accumulating characters with this quality. There are many characters in this book, but the ones that convey these qualities are, Reverend Parris, Abigail along with John Proctor. Miller uses Parris, in the first act, to demonstrate the theme of having great reputation and integrity.

Reputation can be a great deal to some and not that great of a deal to others. Parris, the minister of the church, has a great reputation and self-respect. As soon as the book starts off he is walking through the forest. While he was walking down he came upon Tituba and the girls dancing around a witch’s pot, nude. Later, Betty gets sick, and Parris wants the truth, “Now tell me true, Abigail. And I pray you feel the weight of truth upon you …” (9) this quote clearly states how much of a concern it is to Parris that the truth is to be told; It shows how worry some he is about his self, and his ministry. “. For surely my enemies will, and they will ruin me with it.” (8) Parris is very worried about his reputation in Salem because he has worked really hard for it; he would do anything to save his church as well as his name and position in the church. Although Parris was concerned about his reputation, he took this concept one step to far. In Act III, Parris lied to Judge Danforth stating that the girls did not dance ‘nude’ in the forest when in reality, they did. This shows that Parris has a sense of selfishness attached to his self-pride. Parris is not the only one who has these traits, Abigail does as well.

What could be better then being the niece of the most important man in the...
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