Confession And Acceptance Of The Crucible By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Many people underestimate the powerful affliction that is guilt. People think that if they simply turn their back on what they have done and to the feelings of remorse over the wrongdoing, these feelings will eventually subside. However, this is not the case, as the moment one turns his or her back on feelings of guilt is the exact moment it sneaks up behind that person and eats him or her alive. In 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne published The Scarlet Letter, which tells the story of two people who commit adultery and the aftermath of their crime. Almost exactly one hundred years later, Arthur Miller published the play The Crucible, also set in Puritan society, which tells the story of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. Though written years apart, both Hawthorne and Miller use their works to express that confession and acceptance are the only ways to relieve one of his or her guilt and the repercussions of harboring guilt can be much more severe than the actual guilt-causing action itself. Confession of one’s crimes is the only way to relieve one’s guilt. Nothing sums up Hawthorne’s feelings about guilt better than a conversation he penned between Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth where Dimmesdale says, “But still, methinks, it must needs be better for the sufferer to be free to show his pain, as this poor woman Hester is, than to cover it all up in his heart” (Hawthorne 76). Through this quote alone, it is evident that Hawthorne deliberately chose to have Hester Prynne and…
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