Comparing The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthrone and The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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The Puritans had a heavily important part in the formation of early America, as well as a religion that influenced our early American society. This society has been the target which many authors have picked to set their novels in. The topic of Puritan life contains a broad list of aspects that can be easily compared to one another in several different books. Two selections that go into detail about some of the different aspects of the Puritan people are The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, and The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. These two particular writers who wrote of Puritan times conveyed, in their text, the similarities of religion, punishment, and adultery in the Puritan community of 17th century.

Briefly, The Crucible looks at
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(Hawthorne 35)

Both novels chose to convey this aspect because of its importance in the society.

Punishment may come in many forms and degrees. Sometimes it is difficult to find the right punishment to fit the crime, however it is needed to keep a group of people from absolute chaos. In The Crucible, those who are charged of practicing witchcraft and being “seen with the devil” are given a chance to redeem themselves by confessing, even if they are innocent. If the accused refuse to confess, their punishment is death, and they are sentenced death by being hung. Hester Prynne was punished by being condemned to wear the scarlet-colored “A” on her chest, reminding everyone in the community, as well as her own self, of the sin that she had committed. Also, Hester was ordered to stand upon the scaffold with Pearl for the whole public to see. This punishment perhaps humiliates Hester, being yet another way of punishment. These two scenes let us know as readers that there was no room going against beliefs in the Puritan society. Immediate action had to be taken.

It is because of this strictness that the Puritans were known to have strong morals and religious beliefs. But was everything perfect and holy all the time? Were there people who really did sin? According to the novels by
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