Essay about The Scarlet Letter And The Crucible

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Nathaniel Hawthorne and Arthur Miller created two literary works that were set in the early days of the Puritan religion. The novel, which is the Scarlet Letter, is a literary work about a woman committing her sin and living it on a day to day basis. The Crucible, is a play that is about false accusations against people who have to pay the ultimate price, which is death, for these allegations. The Scarlet Letter and The Crucible have kindred attributes, such as views of religion, dealings of sin, and identity. The views of the Puritan religion were extremely stern during this time period. The people had to abide by the Biblical regulations that were set forth by the church without inquiry, or they would be punished. For example, in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne was accused of committing adultery and was forced to stand on a scaffold for three hours with her illegitimate child. Not only was she required to stand on the scaffold, but to also wear the letter “A” on her bosom as a consistent reminder of her sin. In the play The Crucible, Giles Corey challenges the girls’ allegations in front of the court, believing that Putnam is using charges of witchcraft to assure land. When he refuses to give the name of the person who declares these actions, he is sentenced to prison with contempt of court and later killed by weighting so he would confess. The Puritan religion also believed very heavily in the devil. Pearl in The Scarlett Letter was believed to…

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