Internal Conflict In The Crucible And Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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In the 1950’s Arthur Miller wrote a play, The Crucible, and set it in Salem during early colonization. In The Crucible, John Proctor has an affair with a young woman named Abigail Williams. However, John decides it is time to end things with Abigail, because of this she seeks revenge and spirals the town into madness in search of a “witch”. In Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter , minister, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Hester Prynne a young widow have a love affair and Hester becomes pregnant. Hester is forced to wear a red “A” on the front of her dress. Hester’s “dead” husband reappears and is set on finding out who Pearl’s father is. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter share similar themes about internal conflict.

In The Crucible and “Scarlet..” the heroines both uphold forms of feminism. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright expresses, “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent”(Albright). Abigail is devastated because of the betrayal of her love, John Proctor. Abigail has nothing left to lose, there are already rumours of her and proctor's relationship if it is confirmed her reputation will be ruined.She jumps at the first opportunity that comes into play. She becomes a powerful woman that is a force to be reckoned with. In The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne takes a different approach. Unlike Abigail, who is focused on her own preservation, Hester wishes to do what is

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