Essay on William Shakespeare 's ' Othello ' And ' The Crucible '

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The role of reputation in the ‘Othello’ and ‘The Crucible’

The word reputation refers to the beliefs or opinions that are generally held about someone or something. The beliefs or opinions that are held by characters in “Othello” and “the Crucible” is a significant theme that is constant both plays. In the insular community of Salem, reputation holds a place of utmost importance; it is what is used to label you and is the main factor that people use to judge you and determine your treatment in the community. In ‘Othello’ reputation is the one key factor that enables Iago to manipulate Othello. Due to the religious nature of Salem, rumors spread quickly and so does hysteria, anything that can damage your reputation has disastrous consequences. John Proctors reputation and ranking in society is made and broken by his sexual relationships and his actions before the play and at the start of the play. Proctor not baptizing his children has lead him to become under scrutiny, “How comes it that only two are baptized.” And the fact that Proctor cannot recite the Ten Commandments further damages his reputation “You have said that twice, sir… He rises; he seems worried now.” His past actions have damaged his reputation in the past and his sexual relationships are the final nail in the coffin it causes his words to hold no credit. In Venice, a large city that is well connected, reputation still holds a place of prominence. ‘Othello’ starts with a scandal, many prominent people are…

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