Reputations refer to opinions and beliefs that others may hold towards one another and the way in which someone might perceive someone else. The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, displays many examples of how people are affected by their reputation and by their desire to establish a good name for themselves. The characters in the story are greatly influenced by the idea reputation and are put into difficult situations in which life and death are at stake. Throughout the novel, the reader can observe how characters will often act with the sole desire of protecting their name as opposed to doing the right thing. Characters in The Crucible, such as John, seem very worried by the negative repercussions that may accompany a besmirched reputation. In American society today, people are not as preoccupied and concerned with the thoughts of others and their opinions towards one another. Concern regarding reputation greatly impacts situations in The Crucible and is a major influencer towards character’s behavior, however in modern American society people are far less judgmental therefore people have little to no concern about how others perceive them.
John Proctor, who is the protagonist throughout the story, is a good example of a character who hopes his good name does not get sullied and helps to covey the theme of reputation throughout the story. Near the beginning of this story, John is given the chance to put an end to the accusations made by the girls, but decides the preservation of his reputation is more important, and does not testify against Abigail. He is essentially a model citizen in Salem and tries to always do the right thing. Because of this, much respect is associated with his name and he is portrayed to everyone as a good guy.
Proctor is involved in an affair with Abigail William which could be used as...