The Crucible And The Scarlet Letter Essay examples

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“Puritanism exercised a profound influence on both the politics and culture of the seventeenth century…” (History Study Centre) Throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth century Puritanism had a large impact on almost every aspect of life. Similar to the previous quote, it was said there was almost no difference between religion and law during this era. Compared to modern laws, the laws of this time were much stricter; one could be sentenced to prison time or even be hung for things that are deemed more acceptable in today’s society. Committing adultery and being accused of befriending the devil through witchcraft were just a few of many things that one could do to receive such a punishment. Examples of both of these are displayed in the play “The Crucible” and the novel The Scarlet Letter; both texts also took place in the same time period. In “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, witchcraft trials take place and take the lives of many innocent people. While in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the main character, Hester Prynne committed adultery was sentenced to a light punishment of public humility, small amount of jail time, and wearing an “A” that symbolized adultery on her chest for the rest of her life. “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne are similar in the way of dominant female characters, the importance of reputation, and similar male roles, and the differences between the two are the reader’s knowledge, the amount of…

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