Analysis Of ' The Scarlet Letter ' And The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” - Helen Keller. The truth in one’s character is a prevailing theme throughout The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn and The Crucible by Arthur Miller. In The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne is being accused and persecuted for her sin by hypocritical townspeople and powerful men. She protects her lover, the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, even though others are begging her to give up the name of the man she committed adultery with. Hester never gives the townspeople the name, but when Dimmesdale comes forward himself he passes away directly after reveling himself as Hester’s lover. Because Dimmesdale was so loved, the townspeople refuse to think badly of him and hail him as a saint even in death. Similarly, in The Crucible Abigail Williams starts the town of Salem on a hunt for those who compacted with the devil only because she is jealous and wants a man by the name of John Proctor all to herself. Proctor committed adultery by having relations with Abigail in a moment of weakness, which comes back to haunt him when Abigail accuses his wife of witchcraft. John Hale, a minister from Beverly, who has been the expert on witchcraft throughout the entire witch hunt, believes John Proctor when he accuses the girls of lying and stands with him in court. In the end, John Proctor would rather give up his life than his…

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