The Crucible Quotes Analysis

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller is an interesting book written about the history of the Salem Witch Trials. A prevalent theme in The Crucible was, preserving one’s reputation. Three people who embodied this theme were; John Proctor, Judge Danforth, and Reverend Parris. They each sacrifice things in their life to preserve their reputation Judge Danforth in my opinion was blinded from the truth by focusing so much on his reputation. In Act III there was evidence provided by Giles, Francis, and John that clearly showed there was no such thing as witches, it was just revenge , and Danforth saw it as a threat. The quote, “... But you must understand, sir, that a person is either with the court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between…” (87) shows that he saw everyone against the court as against him, so he had them arrested to …show more content…
He even kept the fact that he committed adultery hidden for the longest time until it came down to his name or his wife. Nothing was more important to him than the good of his name, except for his wife. His name was something that he cherished and John felt that if his name became tarnished so would his son's name and they wouldn’t be able to walk like men, it would affect their lives. The quote, “ I have three children- how may i teach them to walk like men in the world, and I sold my friends?” shows this. In the end of the book it is really shown how much his name actually means to him. The quote, “ Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” (133) shows that he would rather die than to have everyone see his lie on the church door and think that he is a witch. He is a trustful man and doesn’t want that to be changed. Because of this he is hung and he finally thinks of himself as a good