The Crucible

Identify the passage and explain how it expresses the play’s theme.

One of the possible themes of “The Crucible” is it may be better to die with integrity than to compromise your faith, honor, and decency in order to live. Find one or more passage from the play that illustrates this theme. Identify the passage and explain how it expresses the play’s theme.

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Because it is my name! Because I cannot 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!

Proctor utters these lines near the end of the play. He has been stripped of everything important to him. All he has left is a shred of integrity he has cobbled together with his wife's forgiveness. He cannot sign the court's false confession because his name is the only thing of meaning he has left.