Similarities and Differences Between Anne Hutchinson and Hester Prynne

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Similarities and Differences between Anne Hutchinson and Hester Prynne

While many people may feel that Anne Hutchinson has nothing in common with Hester Pyrnne they actually more alike than most people would think. Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of “The Scarlet Letter,” used many references to Anne Hutchinson in his book. During his life, he wrote a sketch of Hutchinson thus portraying his interest towards her and the characteristics of her life. It could be accurate to say that Anne Hutchinson was used as a guide to make the character of Hester Prynne. Therefore, Hawthorne creates Hester’s character to resemble and to differ from Hutchinson. Hester Prynne and Anne Hutchinson show their similarities and differences through those who
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Their, she taught many men and women in her home of her beliefs while praising John Cotton as well. “Between the voice of my beloved and the voice of Moses, John the Baptist and Antichrist (Cheney, 23.)” Therefore, Hutchinson did hold John Cotton quite highly.

Hester, also, had a huge influence in her life. This would be the kindhearted minister named Dimmesdale. She looked upon him as a leader while her husband was gone. Eventually, they turned into secret lovers that created their daughter Pearl. Of course, Hester being a woman of integrity would never reveal who the father was. After all, Dimmesdale was a man of God who would never take place in such events. Although,

they never lost their love for one another, Dimmesdale hid any feelings of compassion he might have felt for her.

Unlike Hester, Anne was truly never in love with her biggest influence. However, John Cotton did turn on her by speaking out against her while she was on trial for heresy. While she was at the trial, John Cotton accused her of, not only heresy, but adultery as well. He stated that the ministries she was having in her home were filthy. In this trial, he said “Although I have not heard. Nayther do I thinke, you have bine unfaythfull to your husband in marriage covenant (Cheney,372.)” Many experts have speculated over this quotation because no one is sure if he was serious or not when accusing her of adultery. It seems that he…