The Crucible Essay Plan: Reputation and Integrity

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QUESTION
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In the play, how does Miller present ideas about reputation and integrity?
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THESIS STATEMENT
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In the play, Miller presents reputation and integrity as a thing which there are clear lines between. There are clear sides as to who values integrity over reputation, and who values reputation over integrity.
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PART 1
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Point: some people are so concerned with their reputation, especially in a community where everyone knows everyone, that they become obsessed with it, and are constantly finding pieces of evidence in matters that do not even directly concern them that could allegedly ‘destroy their reputation. Quote/s: PARRIS: but if you trafficked with spirits in the forest I must know it now, for surely my enemies will, and they will ruin me for it. – Act 1, Page 19. Explanation: Parris is trying to encourage Abigail to tell him what happened in the woods, so his reputation is not soiled by her sinful, corrupt acts. Word level analysis: Linking theme/s: ?
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PART 2
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Point: some people do not only value their integrity over their reputation, but actually care very little for their reputation, certain that their personal opinion of themselves is what matters, even in a dangerously exposing and open community. Quote/s: PROCTOR: can you speak one minute without we land in Hell again? I am sick of hell! – Act 1, Page 35. Explanation: Proctor is fully aware that to directly contradict the wishes and methods of the Church, especially that of a Minister, is highly frowned upon by Puritans, and is even indictable at times. Word level analysis: Linking theme/s: the Dangers of Ideology?
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PART 3
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