Thematic Synthesis : The Crucible And The Scarlet Letter Essay

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Thematic Synthesis Paper
The Crucible and the Scarlet Letter
Different forms of punishments among Puritans served the dual purpose of inspiring individuals to repent and preserving certain social norm (ehow.com).This is shown in both “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller and “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne the unique ways for the guilty to suffer for example in the scarlet letter Hester Prynne had to wear a letter of her bosom forever and was used as an example of shame publically. And in the Crucible, Salem witch trials were held in which people were hanged if they did not confess for witchcraft, even if they were innocent. Some characters did not expose their guilt like Rev. Dimmesdale – who was an adulterer and John Proctor—who committed lechery with Abigail. They did not expose their sin; because of their good name and reputation in the society thus they suffered internally and privately. This essay is on the essential theme found in both “The Crucible” and “The Scarlet Letter” and will show how that theme is used in both of them. This essay revolves around the theme that guilt can destroy a person, whether it is exposed in public or not. When guilt is exposed in public it is punished sometimes through prison or death and sometimes through shame or humiliation which makes a person defenseless or powerless. This is seen in the scarlet letter when Hester had to stand in the middle and everyone was watching her and the baby, “ She turned her eyes, downward, at the…

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