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Whilst The Crucible and The Scarlet Letter are two works of different genre their subject matters are very similar they both explore the effects of the restrictive nature of the Puritanical society present in 17th Century America Interestingly they both share common devices and styles in that biblical diction is present in both as is earthy language However the language used by Miller and Hawthorne is chosen to reflect their interpretations and opinions of the events discussed and there are inevitably several contrasts in their approaches particularly to the characters dialogue As The Crucible is a play it is concerned mostly with dialogue save Millers various informative interludes whilst The Scarlet Letter is a novel and makes use of descriptive figurative and allegorical language although dialogue is still present When deciding how to write his dialogue Miller studied the transcripts of the Salem trials in order to gain an insight into the grammatical forms and the dialects used at the time He decided their accent to be Northumbrian or perhaps Scottish though I feel that the unusual frequency of subjunctive verb forms There be no blush about my name and That were only soup implies a West-Country or Yorkshire accent In contrast Hawthorne looked to the James I authorised edition of the Bible and the language of Shakespeare to produce the dialogue in The Scarlet Letter This is demonstrated by the use of the intimate and familiar pronoun thou If thou feelest it to be for thy souls peace and that thy earthly punishment will thereby be made more effectual to salvation which is not present in The Crucible Biblical references are present in the speech of characters from both pieces reflecting the importance given to the teachings of the Bible in Puritan societies In The Crucible Elizabeth exclaims Where she walks the crowd will part like the sea for Israel as Dimmesdale refers to Hester as his fellow sinner and fellow sufferer
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