A Good Reputation is more valuable than Anything When talking about a reputation it’s the estimation in which a person or thing is held, especially by the community of the public generally; good name. While dealing with Integrity its adherence to moral and ethical principle; soundness of moral character; honesty perfect condition. In The Crucible reputation and integrity plays a big part in the story.
During the trials in Salem on witchcraft each accused victim had a chance to choose to confess for the sake of their freedom or to plead innocent which means to be hanged. In the trial of John Proctor he is untroubled when it comes to confessing for the reward of his life. As soon as judge Danforth announced that John’s confession will be hung on the church door, John became hesitant with the thought of his reputation being ruined.
While John was pleading his reasoning on why his document shouldn’t be placed in the church his integrity was being put to the test. John felt as if the judges wanted to put him to shame or show how someone with a good name such as John can be hypocrite and Proctor was not going to let it happen. Proctor’s became so prideful that he forgot why he wanted to confess to the judges; so he can live for his wife and three children. Elizabeth Proctor was also but to the test when questioned about John and Abigail’s relationship.
She was either to deny of confess on whether John and Abigail had an anogamist relationship. Failing to tell the truth for the first time she risks her reputation in fear John would be severely punished. The scene that really caught me is when Hale was trying to convince Elizabeth to try and change Johns mind after seized and while doing so, Elizabeth responded, “he did what made him happy” and I think what she is if he was comfortable enough to die for his integrity then for living with major guilt then so be it.
This goes perfect with the simile “character is like a tree and reputation is like a shadow, the shadow is what we think of it the tree is the real thing”. A name can tell a lot about a person’s reputation and integrity. Not everybody has a “good name” nor do they practice or act upon it. A reputation is like your favorite sweater you love the feeling, but handle it carelessly it can get a little messy. Dealing with integrity not a lot of people have it but it is well known when referring to John and Elizabeth Proctor.