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Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter and Arthur Millers The Crucible are both distinctlydifferent narratives of the Salem Witch trials The Scarlet Letter is a novel and The Crucible is aplay While The Scarlet Letter deals mainly with the sin of adultery The Crucible mainly dealswith witchcraft Both have obvious similarities like the setting and the crime however one of thegreatest similarities between the two is the loyalty of the Puritan people to their appointedofficials Whether they were church or court officials the public supported them no matter whatbecause in their theocratic society the eyes of the officials were those of God In The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynnes punishment was assigned to her by a highly prestigiouspanel of men from the Churches and Courts of the Massachusetts Bay Colony All of thetownspeople came to see Hester Prynnes punishment because of their loyalty to the court Theyhad to see what was going on with the court because that is what they held in highest regard Now good Sir our Massachusetts magistracy bethinking themselves that this woman isyouthful and fair and doubtless was strongly tempted to her fall - and that moreover as is mostlikely her husband may be at the bottom of the sea - they have not been bold to put in force theextremity of our righteous law against her The penalty thereof is death But in their great mercyand tenderness of heart they have doomed Mistress Prynne to stand only a space of three hourson the platform of the pillory and then thereafter for the remainder of her natural life to wear amark of shame upon her bosom Ch 3 Even though they though that the officials punishment for Hester was too harsh they still wentalong with it because no one dared argue with the court In The Scarlet Letter the townspeople are so loyal to the Good Reverend Dimmesdale thatthey are completely blinded by the fact that he is the biggest sinner Everything
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