John is more concerned with what people think about him lying than the fact that his life is at stake. John Proctor would no longer be thought of a morally straight and righteous person. To begin, Elizabeth Proctor was twisted in a way that was out of love for her husband and his keeping safe. In the play some characters value their reputation and other characters do not seem to care about their reputation as much. Despite the power and importance of reputation in this play, they all are torn to tatters by the ravages of the Salem Witch Trials.
This transition in Proctor's character showed he transformed from a deceitful man and husband, to one whom was true to himself as well as his beliefs. By refusing to relinquish his name, he redeems himself for his earlier failure and dies with integrity. Similarly, the black slave Tituba, whose race gave her the lowest social status in Salem, found herself with the ability to decide the fates of people far more powerful than herself as she accused others of witchcraft. Even John's wife knows how important his reputation is to him. Integrity is the way you perceive yourself.
When she is asked about her husband and Abigail Williams, she thinks that she needs to cover for her husband's affair, and tells the first lie of her life. I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! The novel The Crucible contains three central themes. Do You Know Who I Am?! The Catholic Church wants them to forget about themselves and go out and help others. Focused on maintaining public reputation, the townsfolk of Salem must fear that the sins of their friends and associates will taint their names. Proctor ended up being accused of witchcraft himself after his wife lied to the court to save his name from lechery.
In the play some characters value their reputation and other characters do not seem to care about their reputation as much. Judge Danforth wants to be known as a steadfast judge who always makes the right decisions. This can be directly related to The Crucible, by Arthur Milller. That is why it is hard for Proctor to give up his good name. Nazi Germany, for example, stressed extreme nationalism and the inferiority of Jews; Stalinist Russia stressed the tenets of communism and the persecution of all those who opposed it; Middle East terrorist organizations promote militant Islam while seeking to destroy Christians and Jews.
Various characters base their actions on the desire to protect their respective reputations. Miller interweaved these scenarios to form the main themes of the play the problem of making the right moral choice and the necessity of sacrifice as a means of redemption. I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil! Proctor sees himself as the borderline case — a respected member of society but far from sinless. Giles Corey is held in contempt — the charge that ultimately leads to his execution — for refusing to name the person who told him of Putnam's scheming, and Proctor balks at the court's intention to question the 91 people who signed his declaration of the good character of the accused. Characters like Abigail recognize the court's narrow-minded worldview and manipulate it to their own selfish advantage resulting in the destruction of Salem.
Of course, reputation meant nothing when a witchcraft accusation was staring you in the face. It seems clear that Reverend Hale's reputation is largely deserved. The first being hysteria and how it can rip apart what seems like a content community. His reputation is so important to him that he chooses death by hanging instead. I beg you, sir, I beg you—see her what she is. This high esteem extends also to Rebecca, his wife. Same goes with the play The Crucible.
Shakespeare's Juliet might decry the worth of a name when she implores Romeo to change his, but in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, a name and its attached reputation are very important, indeed. Goodness In The Crucible, the idea of goodness is a major theme. He can use this evidence in court to show that she is guilty, but he is reluctant to. The novel The Crucible contains three central themes. Reputation is so important to the people of Salem because it determines where someone stands in society. For example, Parris fears his name that he has been trying to build up for so long will be tainted because of suspicions arising around Abigail hints at witchcraft and his daughter's slumber.
The screenplay the Crucible, was therefore wrought with the theme of reputation as a leading factor in the development of the plotline and story. Proctor was so angered by this attack on his house that he ripped the warrant and told them to leave his house. John struggles the most with goodness: it takes signing a false confession, then ripping it up, for him to recognize that the only way he can be good is by being honest and true to himself. He is known as being just and right. It had been predetermined by John on page 111, as he is admitting his lechery to the court in order to prove that Abigail has pulled the wool over the eyes of the court in order to get her way, that Elizabeth cannot lie.