The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne And John Proctor From The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Individuality versus Society
Since the beginning of society, people have battled over personal liberty and individual rights versus the duty of the government to regulate society. Nathaniel Hawthorne and Arthur Miller both wrote about these conflicts. Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and John Proctor from The Crucible by Arthur Miller shared the same attributes and feelings towards things that affected their reputations. Both characters from the novels lived in the Puritan colonies of Massachusetts during a time in our history that adultery was considered a mortal sin and witchcraft was punishable by death. Hester and John both had opportunities to confess their sins and save themselves from punishment, but for personal reasons they refused. In dealing with the consequences of their actions, both also tried to protect their friends and family by remaining silent.
In The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne has an affair with Arthur Dimmesdale, a reverend, and becomes pregnant. The townspeople demand to know the name of the father, but Hester, not wanting to destroy Dimmesdale’s reputation, refuses tell them. The punishment she receives is the wearing of a scarlet “A” for adultery on all her garments and public humiliation. Her strong willpower allows her to endure suffering to protect the reverend. Eventually, Hester acknowledges her adultery only after her companion Dimmesdale reveals publicly he is the father of her baby and dies. In The Crucible, John…
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