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3 characters in 'the crucible' mention the importance of their name. Do you think the word "name" means the same to Abigail Williams, Samuel Parris and John Proctor?

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3 characters in 'the crucible' mention the importance of their name. Do you think the word "name" means the same to Abigail Williams, Samuel Parris and John Proctor? In 'the crucible' Abigail Williams, Samuel Parris and John Proctor all mention the importance of their name. In this essay I am going to take each character in turn and point put parts in the play where they mention the importance of their name and explain it. Everyone in this world has some sort of name that they go by, whether it be their real name or a nickname. Most people's names are placed under a category which is usually good or bad. Have you ever heard that phrase " that name sounds familiar? Most people like their name to be remembered in a good way by being a hero or just by being good. John Proctor exemplifies the importance of a strong name through his actions and choices throughout the play; most significantly the fourth act when he chose death over disgracing his name. John Proctor is a farmer in Salem and a husband and father of three. Family life and friendship is very important to John Proctor. He quoted ' Because it is my name.... I lie and sign myself to lies... ...read more.


By doing this he ended up sacrificing his own name to the court by admitting he was a lecher, this was to try and save his wife. He also accused Abigail of being a whore. Elizabeth was called into the court and asked if her husband had committed lechery. Elizabeth refused to blacken her husband's name, and denied it. John was asked many questions about other people he may have seen with the devil: many of who were dead. John couldn't admit to seeing them with the devil because he was lying about the confession, 'They go like saints. I like not to spoil their names'. Meaning he did not want to lie and blacken their names when they had died to save it. John refused to his name be signed on paper with his confession and he ripped it up. He did it to save his own name. He couldn't have risked his wife and children knowing that their husband/father's confession, to doing work for the devil was hanging on the church wall. He ripped up the confession because he didn't want to sacrifice his name for confessing to something he did not do. It was his name that he would have given away, and he was not prepared to do that. ...read more.


Because Parris is a well respected man who would do nothing wrong she feels that people see her in the same way and will never think bad of her. When Abigail Williams was in court she denied everything, part of her denial was accusation. She believes that by shifting the blame onto some one else she wouldn't be held responsible for her sins and her name would be untouched. She saved her own name by convincing the court that only Mary Warren was involved in the devil. She manipulates throughout the play and in the court she carries on manipulating even after Mary Warren confesses. In the play she says 'My name is good in the village - I will not have it said my name is soiled'. This shows she does care about her name. When she realises she has power she doesn't care about her name. She really loves John but hates Elizabeth and wants to get rid of her so she can be Proctor's wife. Her jealousy of Elizabeth is so strong she accuses Elizabeth of conducting with the devil. When John hears about this he feels much stronger towards Elizabeth and doesn't want anything to do with Abigail ever again. I think Abigail Williams is a very strong-minded and spiteful girl who manipulates all the time and thinks she can do anything and get away with it because she is Parris's niece. Michaela Penney 10PM English coursework ...read more.

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