Comparing and Contrasting "The Scarlet Letter" and "The Crucible"

Comparing and Contrasting "The Scarlet Letter" and "The Crucible"

Through careful analysis of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Crucible by Arthur Miller; one will discover many similar themes. These themes include sin, punishment of sin, the devil, and love/lust. Through analysis and discussion one can see the evident relationship that exists between these two works.
The most obvious theme contained in both works is sin. In The Scarlet Letter, the sin that has been committed is adultery and has produced an illegitimate child. Hester Prynne, and the outspoken and praised minister of the Puritan community Arthur Dimmesdale were the adulterers who committed the sin and ...

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righteous and coincidentally hold occupations of power. Ultimately in this story the sin is coming directly from the black-man or the devil. The girls are believed to have formed a pact with the devil and are now attempting to lure others to come with them. Overall, in both works sin and how sin affects the lives of the people and their communities is the recurring theme.
The scaffold in The Scarlet Letter is perhaps the most important place in the novel. The most pivotal scenes in the story take place on it. The scaffold is a place of public humiliation. The lawbreaker must stand in front of all his or her peers with them fully knowing the crime that has been committed. Standing on the scaffold as a guilty sinner would also mean that they would be shunned, as Hester was, for the rest of their lives. It seems a terrible punishment by today's standards; but the scaffold was not merely a cruel device of humiliation and scorn, the scaffold was society's way of righting a ...

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Added: 2/24/2012 10:25:51 PM
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