Similarities Between The Crucible And The Scarlet Letter

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The literary works, The Scarlet Letter, a romantic work of an American writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the Crucible, a play written by an American playwright, Arthur Miller both show two different narratives of the Salem Witch Trials. The Scarlet Letter is mainly on adultery, meanwhile, The Crucible is about witchcraft. Amongst these two literary works, there are several similarities and contrasts: setting, sin, reasons behind committing the misdemeanor, guilt, and loyalty of the Puritan people to their appointed officials. Although there are several similarities and comparisons, the greatest controversy is how the authors portray the female characters. Women get treated differently than men; it is the idea of women being inferior creatures and lesser human beings.
In The Scarlet Letter and the Crucible have the feminist approach by portraying women as villains in the situations, but are also stronger than many may think. For instance, Abigail Williams, the antagonist of the Crucible is a manipulative, cunning and vicious person, and having the ultimatum to getting married to John Proctor. Even though she knew that John Proctor was a married man, she still pursued after him; her intentions with the adultery affair unjustified. Abigail knew what she was getting into, and she did whatever she needed to have John Proctor for herself despite all the other characters suffering from her decisions. On the other hand, Hester Prynne, the main character of The Scarlet Letter gets
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