The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and The Crucible by Arthur Miller, both share similarities as well as differences through the shared puritan beliefs and themes utilized by the authors. In both texts, the puritan beliefs that existed during the time period revealed all the characters’ true colors due to the pressure of the communities. However, both texts also obtain different themes like sin and deceit then completely separating their plot lines from one another. Though these works are often associated with one another, the authors made sure to include different themes thus making them more appealing individually. For example, The Scarlet Letter obtains the theme of sin, where the characters’ true personalities and emotions are …show more content…
A quote in the novel exposes the outcome of sin committed among the characters, “…relieve the darkening close of a tale of human frailty and sorrow,” (Hawthorne, 1850, p. 60). Through Dimmesdale’s self-torment, the reader is able to recognize the amount of guilt he feels from the affair. It was a crime of passion, and the sin he committed in his moment of weakness ultimately led to his destruction. Chillingworth is instrumental in expressing another theme, the lust for revenge is due to his “hatred, by a gradual and quiet process…a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility,” (Hawthorne, 1850, p. 256). Chillingworth’s one-sided intentions get him nowhere and being drowned in hatred ultimately leads to his death. He is displayed as the most malevolent character in the entire book due to his single-minded pursuits of retribution. …show more content…
A quote in the novel exposes the outcome of dishonesty committed among the characters, “ ‘I told him everything; he knows now, he knows everything we’—…'You didn't tell him that,’ ” (Miller, 1953, p. 18). The reader is able to better understand the motives behind Abigail’s actions. In order to protect herself, she utilizes threats of violence the keep the girls from telling the truth. Because she believes the obtains some witchcraft, she tries to keep the group of girls in line. The community’s strong belief in the supernatural is evident throughout the play, “let him look to medicine and put out all thought of unnatural causes here. There be none,” (Miller, 1953, p. 8). The concept of supernatural is very real to the puritan community of Salem. Though they see proof of God and the Devil everywhere, nobody actually see spirits (besides the girls who claim they do). The possibility of witchcraft dwelling in Salem completely overcomes the people from reality and making rational decisions thus leading to several unreasonable events then shaping the plot. Everyone in the community suddenly becomes obsessed with justice while always looking for someone to blame, “who else may surely tell us what person murdered my babies?” (Miller, 1953, p. 15). Because God is supposed to be the ultimate leader setting a basis
While your eyes are set on this play and reading along you think that she is a little girl who is just a victim. As Miller wrote this play and wrote about Abigail, he gave her a characteristic of someone you don’t want to have as a friend. More like someone you need to watch out from. But then as reading farther you realize
Hawthorne even describes him as an “unhappy man had made the very principle of his life to consist in the pursuit and systematic exercise revenge…” (Hawthorne, 254). The phrase “unhappy man” proves that Hawthorne wants the reader to see Chillingworth in a negative way. This quote also proves to the reader that Chillingworth’s main goal in life is revenge. When one wants revenge against another as badly as Chillingworth wants revenge against Dimmesdale, they are so focused on said person that they don’t bother to take a look at themselves.
When they got discovered, they decide to lie about what they were doing because it was illegal in their town. Abigail Williams a character from "The Crucible", decided to be untruthful about what had happened that night. She wanted to save herself from being accused as a witch and didn't want a bad reputation
The Salem Witch Trial era was that of much death and punishment everywhere, not just in Salem. As it says in The Crucible, news of the accusations made its way to neighboring settlements, just as news from other settlements has made its way to Salem. “But the rumor here speaks rebellion in Andover…” (Miller 127). In The Scarlet Letter, the witch trials and witches themselves weren’t as prevalent as in The Crucible, but there were still mentions of said things.
Abigail William the Witch of Salem The Salem Witch trials of 1692 was an event that shaped the history of this country, as well as the lives of those whose wives and husbands were condemned to death. In order for such an event to occur, there must be a set of people who catalyze the event, and others who speak out against it. In “The Crucible”, certain characters help contribute to the rising hysteria of witchcraft, and others contribute to the disapproval of so many wrongful convictions. Throughout the endurance of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, vengeance and the love for John play a big role in the actions and fates of various characters.
Reputation Reputation is a "widespread belief that someone or something has a particular habit or characteristic." The Crucible was written in 1692 by Arthur Miller. People have their own complications to clarify what they need or what they want in life. Yes, everyone is divergent in their own way but they do have similarities and differences. Each character plays an important role in the Salem witch trials.
As you know already Abigail wants to keep her private life a secret, and lies at no cost to keep it that way. Abigail does accuse people for her own wrongdoings throughout the play just to make sure she is not suspected of anything wrong with the beliefs in Salem. The evidence when Abigail is saying “Now look you. All of you. We danced.
In The Crucible, the major conflict was witchcraft. The conflict arises at the beginning when Abigail is talking to Mr. Parris, “Uncle, the rumor of witchcraft is all about”(page 1130 Act I). This is an adequate conflict for it is set in the time of the Salem witch trials. “The infamous Salem witch trials began during the spring of 1692, after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraft”(History.com Staff). Yet while The Crucible was based primarily around witchcraft, The Scarlet Letter focused mainly on the crime of Hester Prynne, adultery, “At the very least, they should have put the brand of a hot iron on Hester Prynne’s forehead.”
A single mistake can wholly compromise an individual’s ability to accomplish their dreams. Hillary Clinton’s blunder in handling the United States’ confidential emails could very well have cost her the presidency. Knowing the possible consequences if the truth of the situation was released, she fabricated lies in hopes of maintaining her political power. Similarly, throughout both The Scarlet Letter, a fiction novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Arthur Miller’s historical fiction play, The Crucible, people are willing to go to great lengths in order to maintain their statuses. Transpiring in 17th century New England, The Scarlet Letter follows a woman by the name of Hester Prynne who endures unrelenting ignominy after giving birth to
Also, throughout the play Abigail accuses many people of witchcraft in order to save herself. An example of this is when Hale questions Abigail in act 1, and Abigail accuses several girls of
The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, uses the relentless character, Mr. Roger Chillingworth, to describe the result of being resentful and unforgiving to his wife’s secret lover, Reverend Dimmesdale. Chillingworth is the character who represents the definition of evil in the novel. The Scarlet Letter also vividly describes how Chillingworth became self-absorbed with vengeance and how vengeance changed him for the worst. Throughout the novel, The Scarlet Letter gives evidence of a clear picture of a life consumed by vengeance resulting in obsession over committing evil acts which leads to Chillingworth self-destruction. In the Scarlet Letter the definition of vengeance based off of Chillingworth’s character is the act of recovering
Emma Whitehouse Mr. Thackston English 12/31/14 Abigail and Hester, a Comparison of Two Puritans Outline In The Scarlet Letter and The Crucible, both Nathaniel Hawthorne and Arthur Miller write about Puritan England, sin and the importance reputation. In both books, the authors use Hester Prynne and Abigail William, to create the theme of reputation, and it’s changeability.
In the novel “The crucible” representation of a disturbing and powerful play based on a true event has been shown clearly by the author Arthur Miller. The main objective that the author tries to show from that drama is how feeble the human beings can be and how gluttony of personal gain can become dangerous in the current society. During the early times of 1600’s, people believed that if you did not go to church each week to adore God, then it was obvious that you were worshipping the devil. But according to the play, accusations of witchcraft or devil worshipping began with a group of girls who were held dancing in the forests. This was an illegal act according to the rules of theocracy in the town of Salem.
“Lord of The Flies” the novel by William Golding is a story about a group of kids that have crashed on a island that they must overcome the dangers of and survive to live and be rescued. John Proctor the protagonist in “The Crucible” in relation to the “Lord of the Flies” was a man who had many problems and major issues. John Proctor during “The Crucible” cheated on his wife Elizabeth with the saucy young housekeeper named Abigail committing the dirty deed of adultery committing a sin just like the Seven Deadly that are explained in the novel “Lord of Flies”. Another relation to the story is Thomas Hobbes theory he believed that the only true and correct form of government was the absolute monarchy. He argued this most forcefully in his most
Each genre has distinct features that differentiate it from others, helping the reader better understand the author’s message. Occasionally, authors write novels that are classified as part of one genre, but conform to the conventions of other genres for varying purposes. For instance, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is classified as a romance, however it has conventions pertaining to the gothic genre. Such conventions include, the use of a gloomy atmosphere, the presence of supernatural occurrences and negative emotions being the main motivation for actions, all which The Scarlet Letter incorporates (The Gothic 2005).