Common Paths In Nathaniel Miller's The Scarlet Letter And The Crucible

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Both the Scarlet Letter and The Crucible are based off of the same Puritan livelihood where adultery is a mortal sin. The main character in The Crucible, John Proctor, and the main character in The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne, both share common paths that they take in life. Starting with sharing the same guilt of adultery in the beginning, keeping their secrets for the ones they love to keep them safe in the middle and then completely letting go of all guilt of their sins in the end. Their sins completely shaped their lifestyles and their lifestyles are similar because of their mistakes. In the beginning of the play and the novel, Hester Prynne and John Proctor both committed this sin with a person they could not mention. The …show more content…
While Hester cannot necessarily keep what she did a secret, she refuses to tell who the dad is to keep him and his good reputation in the community. Dimmesdale, the father of the child, is a reverend in the town so she knows it would ruin him. Therefore, she took more of the punishment to help him continue to live a normal life. In The Crucible, John has to admit to committing adultery so that he can save his wife and others from being hanged. By admitting this, the community would realize that Abigail was just trying to get rid of Elizabeth so that she could be with John. John had to admit to committing witchcraft to help them as well which means he was taking the risk of ruining the rest of his life to save his friends and wife. In Act 4 of The Crucible, Danforth says, "Courage, man, courage-let her witness your good example that she may come to God herself. Now hear it, Goody Nurse! Say on, Mr. Proctor. did you bind yourself to the Devil 's service?"(237). Proctor replies with a short, "I did"(237). Clearly, John was not a witch, but he knows that it will keep people safe. In The Scarlet Letter, Dimmesdale has a conversation with Hester about what she is going through, "Be not silent from any mistaken pity and tenderness for him; for, believe me, Hester, though he were to step down …show more content…
In The Scarlet Letter, Hester gets tired of holding the burden and becoming a dreary person. She wants to love Dimmesdale not in the shadows anymore. Dimmesdale and Hester decide that they want to move away together with Pearl, their daughter, who also takes off the letter and becomes the beautiful person she was before. Although Dimmesdale dies from exhaustion, together has a couple they show everyone publically that they love each other and that he 's Pearl’s father. She permanently lets go of what she had been holding onto for so long. John Proctor also lets go of his sin while he admits to adultery to save his wife. The some important men of the town that dealt with the executions, Danforth and Parris, try to make Proctor sign his name on paper to prove his sins to the town. John refuses to do this because he does not want them to take both his life and his name. He had come to terms and accepted that God forgave him and saw that he was sorry for committing the mortal sin, adultery. By not signing his name, John knew that execution would await him. He was okay with this because he knew he was going to be with God. Therefore, both main characters come to terms with their mistakes, accepted them and became free. Also in Act 4 of The Crucible, John says, "Damn the village! I confess to God, and God has seen my name on this! It is enough!"(239), showing them he

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