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English III AP 30 October 2013 Of Mice and Men and The Scarlet Letter Of Mice and Men’s George and The Scarlet Letter’s Hester Prynne the main characters in these two novels. Both are misunderstood by the people around them. Of Mice and Men was written in 1937 by John Steinbeck to show the most vulnerable people in society at that time. The Scarlet Letter was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850 to illustrate the way of life for the Puritan society and the way some were punished or misunderstood due to not following the Puritan ways. In Of Mice and Men and The Scarlet Letter Steinbeck and Hawthorne share a common theme between the two novels. By comparing and contrasting the characters, setting, and conflicts it is illustrated that…show more content…
This is the place George learned to trust someone other than himself and Lennie. Another major setting is the forest where George was forced to kill Lennie. Steinbeck paints a peaceful image in the reader’s mind of “the deep green pool of the Salinas River,” (Steinbeck 101). It is “still in the late afternoon. Already the sun had left the valley to go climbing up the slopes of Gabilan Mountains, and the hill tops were rosy in the sun...” although this setting is very calm and peaceful this is where George will kill Lennie to keep him safe from Curley (Steinbeck 101). Like in Of Mice and Men, The Scarlet Letter has major settings of its own to prove the themes of the novels. One of the most major settings is the prison. The prison is where Hester was held for committing adultery. In these different settings we learn about the crimes Hester has committed and how the townspeople view her as a person. We also discover the ways she is left to be alone in the Puritan society with no one to talk to after she has been released from prison. The townspeople “assembled in front of the wooden edifice, the door of which was heavily timbered,” and watched her walk shamelessly to the scaffold (Hawthorne 31). Another major setting would be the “scaffold” (Hawthorne 33). “The scaffold” is where Hester was summoned her punishment for committing adultery with the minister Dimmesdale. She was forced to stand on
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