What are the issues of The Crucible and how are they presented in Act III?

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Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Crucibleis a play which has many themes, all of which culminate  in Act III.  One major theme is the value of one's name/reputation/worth before God and man. Earlier in the play, Proctor did not want to go to the court immediately because he was ashamed and was trying to find a way to save what reputation he had--until it impacted his wife, and then he acted.  In Act III he wrestles once again with the issue of his guilt and shame vs. his reputation before God and man.  He falters (when he signs a false confession) but regains his sense of self and worth before God in time to die an honorable death. 

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