The Crucible And The Scarlet Letter Essay

1448 Words Nov 18th, 2015 6 Pages
Arthur Miller and Nathaniel Hawthorne each left a clear mark in the world of American literature with their stories. Even though Miller’s book, The Crucible, and Hawthorne’s book, The Scarlet Letter, were written over one hundred years apart, many elements of the stories can be compared and contrasted. The books share the same setting, a number of themes, and an important symbol, but the plots, point of views, and other symbols are completely different. In general, The Crucible tends to be a more fact-driven book (Miler vii), while The Scarlet Letter is completely fictional and contains many symbols for the reader to decipher. The Crucible by Arthur Miller and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne have many similarities, but also many differences.
The Crucible and The Scarlet Letter both take place in Salem, Massachusetts. The shared setting of these books contributes greatly to their plots. Salem was a town rigid in its Puritan belief system. In The Crucible, the plot centers around the influences of the characters’ fears, which were set by their Puritan beliefs in Salem. Witchcraft was an enormous fear of Puritans, so when many girls in the town are accused as being witches, the town falls into a mass hysteria. The truth of the matter was that one young girl didn’t want to receive a punishment for her misdemeanor, so she blamed it on the lie that she was being controlled by witchcraft. The Scarlet Letter also takes place in the Puritan society (Hawthorne 29). This is…

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