What are two quotes from The Crucible by Arthur Miller about reputation?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It's hard to stray in this question and not come to John Proctor's stinging rebuke of Puritan society and pleas for his own reputation.  When confronted with the choice of signing a false confession or accepting death as a result of telling the truth, Proctor's lines speak to one's reputation and one's own sense of identity in the world:

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!

You won't find another and more passionate line about the need to protect one's reputation.  In a world where winning and losing is determined by end results, Proctor's words and Miller's sentiments through him remind us that there has to be a structure and process by which winning is honorable.  An individual's reputation is a part of this.  Another example of this would be in Act I when Parris speaks of fear of his own reputation.  This exchange reflects the "anti- Proctor" belief in protecting one's own name in a superficial and phony manner.  The enotes link below is going to be very helpful for you in this topic.