Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, a brilliant spokesperson and a devout and wise Puritan minister in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, is the lover of a woman who commits adultery, Hester Prynne. Hester, a recognizable adulteress, wears the scarlet letter and lives as an outcast. Contradicting, Reverend Dimmesdale’s sin stays hidden from the Puritan community, know only to Hester and himself. As a minister, Dimmesdale believes he should suffer from punishments the way Hester did for committing the same crime, which leads him to fall into a terrible mental and physical state. Reverend Dimmesdale suffers a greater punishment than Hester by experiencing recurring guilt, physical harm, and Chillingworth’s obsessive need to achieve revenge.
Since God had punished them by their exile to Hell, Satan takes advantage of this situation. He evaluated the hand he was dealt with and formulated a plan with Beelzebub. They vowed to that “to do ill” would be their “soul delight”. Whatever good and pure actions of God would follow, Satan and his legion of angels would “pervert that end”. This speech and resolution of Satan is the point of contention with various critics about whether or not Satan is truly a hero.
But as time passes, it is seen how much this character has been corrupted. As he speaks to Elizabeth, nearing the end of the play, he exhorts her to tell her husband to lie to be saved. But he is not asking John Proctor to lie so that he may be saved and live on, but he is asking him to lie so he doesn’t feel guilty if he does die. “I would save your husband’s life, for if he is taken I count myself his murderer.”(Miller, 206) Through this, it is seen that Reverend Hale started to minister lies and deceit over the truth, and so he became a hostage to his own guilt and uncertainty. Unlike them, Giles Corey changes for the better.
In the play, The Crucible, Arthur Miller portrays John Proctor, the protagonist, as a tragic hero who has a major flaw—lust for Abigail, his house servant. For fear of being exiled in a town where reputation is highly upheld, Proctor initially tries to hide his crime of adultery, but this affair triggers a major series of events in Salem, where unproven accusations lead to internal struggle and eventually to catastrophe. John Proctor illustrious attitude for himself and the truths to be told within the play. Such truths could have helped the conflict from ever occurring. John Proctor decides to make a web alternate truth to save himself and his relationships; granted he is to be made a hero with exceptions to his flaws.
He viewed the Puritans as hypocrites and being religious, sexist, and afraid of God’s judgement. Hawthorne was a defender of the Puritan religion, with its depiction of “pure” form of religious worship, severe mode of life, and its conviction of the “natural depravity” of “fallen” man, or sinners. “The Minister’s Black Veil” is a short story, written about a small Puritan town, where a young minister, Reverend Hooper, showed up with a black veil hiding his face. The townspeople were frightened
The aim of this paper is to analyze Satan’s descent and try to guess why Milton could have designed his own Satan in such a way. Book I includes Satan’s rise in hell. He and his followers were punished by God for rebelling against him. From the beginning, it is normal
The play The Crucible by Arthur Miller is based on true events of the Salem Witchcraft Trials but is changed in some parts to make it a better story. One exaggerated part of the play is a character named John Proctor, who has an affair with a girl named Abigale and is trying to stop the Salem Witchcraft Trials because he knows that the afflicted girls are false. While he is trying to stop the trials he ends up being accused and is hanged because he would not “confess” to being a witch. Some people think John Proctor is a flawed person because he made a lot of poor decisions, but he is actually an honorable person because he tried to make up for his mistakes. Some people think John Proctor is a flawed person because he had an affair with a younger girl named Abigale but he is actually honorable because when he was confronted about it by Elizabeth, his wife, then he told the truth to her about how he felt about Abigale and what he had done.
With the guidance of Mary Shelley’s husband, Percy Shelley who was greatly influenced by Milton, a Miltonic element was somehow evident in her novel. Mary Shelley was able to write a work with a series of complex parallels to John Milton’s Paradise Lost. In John Milton’s Paradise Lost, the story of Adam and Eve was used to portray to his readers how to be a better Christian. However, the protagonist in the epic is Satan, not Adam and Eve. Satan is considered to be the protagonist of the epic, because he had a goal, which is to corrupt humankind.
Power can be seen in several different forms within the Puritan community. Power, viewed to be possessed by the one of the highest status, due to their wealth (or land), gender, or age, is commonly being mistaken, to who holds the optimum power, in religious Salem, Massachusetts. The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is a play based in the extreme Puritan society of the 1600s, in which the majority of their life decisions and actions are dictated to their religious affiliation. The Puritan people present terror toward the presence of the Devil, sparking the major conflict of the Salem Witch Trials. In spite of the common belief that the most powerful beings are characters such as the wealthy landowners, the overarching most forceful figure, who persuades and influences all the
Bliss is the novel that narrates story of Harry Joy; after his first death, his perspective to the life is completely changed with his illumination of the world’s cruelty. The protagonist, Harry Joy, has divided the society in three main groups after his illumination: Captives, Actors and those in charge. Briefly, those in charge are head of hell, who plans and organize the evil; Actors are involved in evil but they are just playing the roles and captives are the innocent-ish people like Harry Joy. Even Harry can categorize people as evil or innocent, the book doesn’t allow the reader to classify characters as ‘’bad’’ or ‘’good’’. The author adduces the character’s both bad sides and good sides.