One of the main themes in The Crucible is Reputation. With so many of the townspeople yelling accusations of witchcraft and pointing fingers, a person's reputation became a thing of utmost importance because it was who you were and how you were viewed, specifically as a good or bad person. However, as the trials went on, reputation no longer mattered to the courts as even the "best" and most upright citizens were brought in on accusations, tried, and hanged. One such example is Rebecca Nurse. John Proctor, ironically, has a "bad" reputation because he does not go to church regularly, he does not get along with Reverend Parris, the town's spiritual leader, and he has had an affair. However, in the end he recognizes that reputation, though not important in the court's eyes, is still a representation of who you are and how you and those important to you view you. He emphasizes this when he refuses to sign the false confession and yells out "I have given you my soul. Leave me my name!" (Miller, Act 3).
Another theme is that of revenge. This is seen in Abigail Williams more than any other character because it is vengeance on Goody Proctor that leads her to accuse Goody Proctor. Goody, or Elizabeth, Proctor threw Abigail out of her home seven months prior when she discovered the affair between John and Abigail. Abigail refers to her as a "cold, sniveling woman" in Act One. She also threatens revenge on the other girls if they should say anything about the dancing and witchcraft that occurred in the woods the night before in Act One when she says "if any of you should breathe a word, I will come to you in the dark of some terrible night with a pointy reckoning".