The Theme Of Reputation In The Crucible

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The very highly rated story The Crucible is filled with a variety of interesting themes. The Crucible written by talented author Arthur Miller takes place in 1692 Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony. It’s based on the real life Salem Witch Trials, and introduces several character who are heavily based on people in real life. Through these characters you’ll be able to see very interesting themes in the story. However, the main theme of The Crucible is reputation. The Crucible’s main theme is reputation and how it can have a large affect on you, here are the reasons. For example, during the course of the story Giles is never really classified as a good or bad character because even though he portrayed as hot blooded he’s still seen as honorable. When he and his wife were accused of witchcraft he didn’t admit or deny being a witch, he simply…show more content…
For example in act one Abigail confesses her love for John, but John rejects her. He rejected her because he believes that if they got caught together it would ruin his reputation and relationship with his wife. His faith would also be put into question if he was found out that the two were having an affair. Also, in the story Proctor is arguing with Reverend Hale and Cheever about his wife being released, they begin talking about how the Abigail who has been accusing everyone of being witches but, has never once be suspected to be lying. “Why do you never wonder if Parris be innocent, or Abigail? Is the accuser always holy now? Were they born this morning as clean as God’s fingers?” (Pg. 36 Act 2) This supports the thesis because it shows how everyone in the story cares about their own reputation, and that is why no one ever questioned whether Abigail was lying. They did it because they’re scared of having a reputation of being witches. In The Crucible reputation of many characters seems to
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