The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne And Proctor From The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Hester Prynne and John Proctor are two characters that are from very well know pieces of literature. Hester is from The Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Proctor from The Crucible written by Arthur Miller. Even though these two characters are from different stories they have more in common than the reader may realize. Hester and Proctor have both committed the sin of adultery. Hester had a child out of wedlock and Proctor had an affair with his servant, Abigail. Through both of these stories, both Hester and Proctor come to acknowledge their sins, even though at the beginning they were running from the truth; they eventually came to terms with their sins that have taken over their lives in many different ways.
In both the novel and the play, the main characters committed the sin of adultery. At the beginning of The Scarlet Letter, it is clear to the reader that Hester is a sinner and she is being publically humiliated for committing adultery. “Hester Prynne set forth towards the place appointed for her punishment.” (62). Not only does she have to face the townspeople as a punishment, but she will also have to wear the scarlet letter upon her bosom which will follow her everywhere for the rest of her life. While she is standing on the scaffold she looks at the letter, “...and even touched it with her finger, to assure herself that the infant and the shame were real.” (66). At that moment she realizes that she is a sinner, and she thinks that she will always be…

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