Good And Evil In Hester Prynn's The Scarlet Letter And The Crucible

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As the crowd watches, Hester Prynn, holding an infant, walks down from the prison door and makes her way to the scaffold, where she is to be publicly condemned. Both The Scarlet Letter and The Crucible were intended to teach and instruct through didactic texts. The authors conveyed this through bringing attention to specific details and the decisions of the characters in their writing. Three lessons that were included in both the play and the novel were the overcoming of the stereotypes and bias of characters in The Scarlet Letter, the corruption of not only the ones who govern, but also susceptible to even the common citizens in The Crucible, and the perspective of faith and morality of the characters in the story who determine good versus evil through irony.…show more content…
Both of the works include a underlying theme and lesson that sin exists in anyone, although some like to deny it. In The Scarlet Letter, the reverends and governors Lionel a very ornate and luxurious life compared to who the puritans should live. Instead of embodying the lifestyle of the puritan life and being a role model for their community, they live their lives in grandiose houses and expensive clothes. If anything, they break two of the commandments, greed, and gluttony. While they seem completely justifiable to it because of their status, Hester's adultery sin isn't justified. In chapter seven Hester visits the governor's hall and sees his large house and his slave. In The Crucible, the Judges are allowed to sentence as many people as they want to death. They don't need any justification or reason, despite saying that god is the only judge. This is seen in the end of the last act in the crucible when proctor says that God is the only judge, so he doesn't need his name on the doors for everyone to
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