John Proctor's Reputation

By: Marissa and Emily

Reputation

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.
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Power

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.
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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.
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