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Often in exceptional works of literature identities personalities and surroundings can be quite similar or distinct with characters in other works Two works of literature that display both aspects are The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Crucible by Arthur Miller Abigail Williams and Hester Prynne are two women with many similarities while they also can be illuminated with many differences The two works of literature have very similar qualities including setting conflictand general aspects of the characters while there are also specific parallels between characters such as Abigail Williams and Hester Prynne The time period for which Abigail and Hester lived were almost the same The Scarlet Letter takes place around the 1640s while The Crucible occurs in 1692 The time period is very important in pieces because it is a time of religious intolerance and a conservative attitude pervades in New England where Abigail and Hester lived Both are startlingly similar in many ways For one both go through the same types of dilemmas because they are both very much alone in their lives Hester is shunned by society and lives on the outskirts of town Abigail is an orphan and considering she is never really part of a family she probably has a feeling of loneliness for all of her life Another similarity between the two is that they are both are adulteresses Hester who commits adultery with Dimmesdale her true love and Abigail commits adultery with John Proctor On the other hand Abigail Williams and Hester Prynne have much dissimilarity Hester is introduced to the reader as a devout Puritan with the exception of her sin of adultery She appears to be acceptant of her sin and the reproductions that followed it while Abigails sins are hidden from society and is accusing many innocent people for witchcraft After recognizing her sin Hester works for forgiveness by helping the poor and giving to charity while Abigail works
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