Abigail Williams and Hester Prynne Essay

786 Words Oct 4th, 2010 4 Pages
Women in Power: A Compare and Contrast of Hester Prynne and Abigail Williams Abigail Williams and Hester Prynne were two very different characters in books about the same Puritan religion. The two had many differences and even a few ways they were alike. Their views on society and their reaction on how they reacted to the way they were treated by the Puritans. Hester feared society and thought that it was something to be avoided, while Abigail long to be the center of attention. While Hester attracted further into herself as she was being judged for her adultery, Abigail resorted to lying to protect herself. Their natures could not have been more different, but they did have some things in common. They both wanted more power …show more content…
She manipulated the courts into doing her bidding, no matter what she had to sacrifice to get it done. She wanted Elizabeth Proctor out of the way so that she could have John, but when she was close to being discovered, fled town. Hester Prynne accepted the ‘bad’ thing she had done, and wore the scarlet “A” on her chest and proudly as she could. “She hath good skill at her needle, that’s certain.” remarked one of her female spectators; “but did ever a woman, before this brazen hussy, contrive such a way of showing it!” (Hawthorne, 7). She tried hard to give her daughter Pearl a good life, and to not feel the after affects of her decisions. She helps the poor, and influences the other women in her village by her good works. “They said it meant Able, so strong was Hester Prynne, with a woman’s strength” (Hawthorne, 113). Abigail and Hester had completely different natures. Despite their differences however, Hester and Abigail were both women in an oppressive society. They both rebelled against restrictions they were given, and wanted more power as women. Abigail did it through manipulation and Hester through example. The two may not have agreed on methods of gaining power, but they still wanted the same freedom as the men in their community. Hester and Abigail were both guilty of committing the