Reputation is a topic the play deals with. .How??
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Reputation is a concern for many characters in Salem. Peole like Parris are willing to sacrifice others and encourage hysteria at the expense of innocent people. John Proctor is very concerned with what his name represents. John has a chance to save himself and his beloved wife Elizabeth. Instead he rips up his confession (which is a lie) and screams he can't confess in writing because, "All I have is my name!" This goes to the heart of the Crucible. At the end of the day truth is truth. After his adultery and all the hysteria John realizes that if he is not true to himself then he amounts to nothing.