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The Crucible's Themes
Transcript of The Crucible's Themes
People will go to extreme measures to protect their reputation.
Throughout the play, multiple characters' actions depended on protecting their reputation. Abigail Williams, John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, Judge Danforth, and even Rebecca Nurse are some of the characters that exhibit the theme of reputation.
Example and Quote 1
''My name is good in the village! I will not have it said my name is soiled! Goody Proctor is a gossiping liar!'' -Abigail Williams, Act I
Example and Quote 2
Danforth (to Elizabeth Proctor): Your husband-did he indeed turn from you?
Elizabeth: My husband is a goodly man, sir.
Danforth: Then he did not turn from you.
Danforth: Look at me! To your own knowledge has John Proctor ever committed the crime of lechery? Answer my question! Is your husband a lecher!
Elizabeth: No sir.
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Example and Quote 3
'' How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!'' -John Proctor, Act IV
Abigail denied her affair with
John Proctor when her
uncle questioned her about
Elizabeth denied that her husband
was a lecher to protect their family
name in the town.
Even though John Proctor confessed
to being involved with Devil, he still refused
to give over his signature because he didn't
want to ruin his name.
Example and Quote 5
Martha Corey, Rebecca Nurse, and John Proctor all decided to be hanged instead of lying and saying they were involved with the Devil because they wanted to die with dignity. This was a way that they kept their reputation of being good Christian people to their loved ones because their loved ones knew that they weren't involved with Devil.
Danforth: I say, will you confess yourself, Goody Nurse?
Rebecca Nurse: Why it is a lie, it is a lie, how may i damn myself? I cannot, I cannot.
Hale: Man, you will hang! You cannot!
Proctor: I can. And there's your marvel, that I can. You have made your magic now, for now I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor, Not enough to weave a banner with, but white enough to keep it from such dogs...
Rebecca Nurse: Let you fear nothing! Another judgement waits us all.
Example and Quote 4
Hale (to Danforth): You must pardon them. They will not budge.
Danforth: You misunderstand, sir; I cannot pardon these when twelve are already hanged for the same crime. It is not just.
Hale:...I must have more time.
Danforth: Now hear me, and beguile yourselves no more. I will not receive a
single plea for pardon or postponement. Them that will not confess will hang.
Twelve are already executed; the names of these seven are given out, and the
village expects to see them die this morning. Postponement now speaks a floundering on my part; reprieve or pardon must cast doubt upon the guilt of them
that died till now...
Because Judge Danforth was prideful of his reputation, he refused to budge on when John, Rebecca, and Martha would be hanged.