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Throughout history and Arthur Millers The Crucible the name by which one is called is more than just a name Your name represents your actions your reputation and your beliefs Your name can carry on after your life as a proud example of hero or conversely as an example of a liar Just as important as ones name is the signature that it represents By signing something one shows that they recognize what is written and wishes to show support for what it represents A signature is as unique as the person signing it One can be held accountable for all which he or she marks with his or her signature The significance of signatures is well displayed in The Crucible In the play John Proctors signature is used to represent a false confession to witchery Throughout the Crucible John Proctors devotion to his own code of ethics and the value he attached to his name consistently superseded his loyalty to the community Those who confessed lived those that denied involvement were hung While some chose to live and as a result falsely admitted to witchcraft John Proctor stood strong and refused to sign a false confession so that he may leave his family with a good name resist condemning his fellow accused and die an honest man When Proctor was first faced with the decision of living with a lie or dying with the truth he chose life He decided that a lie was a minute sin in comparison to voluntarily giving up the life with which God blessed him After signing his confession he was notified that it would be hung above the church entrance for all to see Besides believing that publicity was unnecessary to a valid confession Proctor did not want to blacken his name Because of committing adultery he knew what it was like to live with a bad reputation and did not want his sons
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