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Reputation. Reputation is the general opinion of either a private or public group of people or all people involved in a position of anything relevant to a situation. For example, a great reputation in a sport will get you either paid more or chosen for a better team. Reputation is an important issue in much of everything. It is an important issue within virtual communities, businesses, schools, social status, and more. I find reputation relevant to Arthur Millers screenplay The Crucible. In The Crucible, Miller presents his opinions from facts of the Salem Witch Trials. By doing this he brings a whole new point of view to the readers of his screenplay. In the following paragraphs I will be analyzing quotes directly from The Crucible to help achieve Millers point of Reputation.
From one point to another in The Crucible, there is dialog that lets us understand Miller's point of reputation in a society. "I want to open myself! I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I
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Once again, I will talk about reputation. How is this affecting the society in Salem? How did it lead to these people realizing that the accusations were incorrect? If you realize, reputation can either harm you, or help you in a society. You may have a good or bad reputation for a certain activity or situation. In Salem, eventually the trials were ended because of the reputations of the people being accused. A few people had a bad reputation, and these people were targeted first. But who to accuse when all these people are already trialed and killed? Everyone else, but these people have a reputation that would not put them in the spot of being trialed.
Arthur Miller's, The Crucible, gives us an understanding of something. That is reputation. No matter what you do, how you do it, and when you do it, you will be criticized for it. It is either good or bad criticism but, still affects your position in any situation. As read, during the Salem Witch Trials, this was the most important factor. Without a reputation, without a high social ranking, without your own opinion, you would be trialed. And how can you prove an opinion? You can't. And by not being able to prove an accusation of opinion, what else to do but trial the victim of the accusation and have them killed. Doing this to kill all chances of witches being alive in Salem. I believe this is the point Arthur Miller is trying to show us, and help us believe, is the main factor of The Crucible.