“They think to go like saints. I like not to spoil their names.” In the play The Crucible pride has a negative and positive effect on the events that took place. Pride is someone’s own dignity or an excessive opinion of yourself. The pride of the people of Salem leads to uncareful judgement of innocent lives. Pride influences the actions of some characters such as John Proctor. Proctor’s excessive pride causes him to the truth, he could not see he needed to reveal the truth about Abigail to end the accusations. This essay will furthermore explain how pride lead to John Proctors downfall.