What Is the Importance of Name and Reputation in the Crucible?

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Reputation was very important in Salem. In an environment where reputation plays such an important role, the fear of being guilty rises, when we are talking about witchcraft the only proof that there is, are the witnesses or in this case the victims. This creates problems during the play when trying to demonstrate if the accused really were doing witchcraft. Characters in the play do many things to protect their reputation. The characters that I will talk about in this essay are Parris, John Proctor, Abigail and Danforth. I choose these characters because I think they are very good examples of how reputation affects the people’s actions in Salem. As the play starts, Parris fears that Abigail won’t answer to the questions that prove they were doing witchcraft in the forest and about his daughter’s coma, will put in danger his reputation. “PARRIS: Abigail, is there any other cause than you have told me, for your being discharged from Goody Proctor’s service? I have heard it said, and I tell you as I heard it, that she comes so rarely to the church this year for she will not sit so close to something soiled. What signified that remark? ABIGAIL: She hates me, uncle, she must, for I would not be her slave. It’s a bitter woman, a lying, cold, sniveling woman, and I will not work for such a woman!” (I.63-66).This shows how important his reputation is for him, even more important than his daughter being in coma and being accused of committing witchcraft. Parris fears more of his reputation being blackened and less of being at risk of the spirits. “Since I came to Salem, this man is blackening my name,” Parris sais this as he points to John Proctor in court. Like Abigail, Parris has realized how easy it is to accuse people of witchcraft, so he takes the decision to condemn those who accuse his reputation. In the first few pages of ‘The Crucible’ witchery is mentioned,
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