John Proctor's Reputation
By: Marissa and Emily
In the beginning John Proctor has a good reputation in Salem but after his wife Elizabeth gets arrested for witchcraft he knows he has to come clean about his affair with Abigail Williams. Abigail: "Give me soft word, John." John: "No, no, Abby. That's done with." Abby is wanting the affair to continue but John say's it's over.
In the beginning John has power through his good reputation but as the play goes on he has to fight to keep his name good. John (With a cry of his whole soul).: "Because it is my name! Because I can not 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!" John has confessed to the affair with Abigail. He just wants Danforth to not tell of the affair so that he dies with a good name and his family can continue to have a good name.
What the author is trying to say.
The author shows that with no power things could end up very bad for you even if you have a good reputation. Elizabeth: "I am accused?" Elizabeth Proctor has a good reputation but no power in the court so when she gets accused she can't do anything about it. At the very end of act 4 as people are talking and reacting you realize John is about to be hanged.
Ordo Funebris -A Witches Song