Concern for reputation is a central idea of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.  In Salem, where private and public moralities are intertwined, reputation is very important.  The actions of the characters are dictated by underlying worries of how a tainted reputation will adversely affect their lives.  As a result, various characters’ actions are propped up by the desire to protect their reputation.  This desire is immediately evident in Act 1.  Even with his daughter in a coma, Reverend Parris’ main fear is that his reputation will be threatened if witchcraft is found under his roof.  Similarly, another character who displays concern for reputation is Danforth, who had already convicted numerous townspeople and refuses to accept Mary’s testimony, as it would destroy his credibility.  The dominant demonstrator of the theme of reputation is the protagonist of the play, John Proctor.  His concern for reputation is strong throughout the play, and his actions are underscored by his fears of being labeled a sinner in the public eye.  Proctor already feels guilty for having an affair, and the idea of revealing this sin and publicly tarnishing his good name torments him.  In the final events of Act III, John Proctor experiences a dilemma of losing his name or losing his life.  He finally decides that the price he has to pay in reputation in order to live is too high and he chooses to die instead of sullying his good name.  As he says, “How many I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” (Arthur 143), he highlights the theme of concern for reputation once again.  Throughout the play, Miller effectively establishes the message that because a bad reputation can severely and irreparably damage one’s status in society, people will go to extreme lengths to protect their good name.