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Sin and Virtue How is sin measured Everyone has a different scale We all have different moral codes and thus different levels of tolerance How then can we judge all sins by one code This question needs to be asked by both works of The Crucible and The Scarlet Letter Both center on the depth and consequence of sin And although similar sins are committed different outcomes occur How can similar sins be treated differently when judged by the same theological code In order to answer these questions and more one needs to know more about these two works their similar and different elements and the different morals each work conveys Three main concepts are shared by both works the first of which is sin Sin is the foundation which both works were built upon The characters with the greatest valor usually committed the greatest offenses And while lust is the most obvious link between the two works it is not the only shared transgression Witch craft obsession and revenge are also evident Although related sins were committed they took different tolls both spiritually and physically The first example of this is found in the characters in The Scarlet Letter The four main characters Hester Dimmesdale Chillingworth and Pearl were personified physically how they felt mentally As Hester progressed in acceptance and grew in her own beliefs her disposition weathered and her burdened outlook waxed peaceful Dimmesdale grew sicker as his self-inflected illness swelled Chillingworth became uglier as his obsession festered and Pearl did her best to become the scarlet letter the bane of h er mothers existence One can only perceive the characters in The Crucible by their spoken word In fact The Scarlet Letters trend is the opposite in The Crucible These characters Abigail Procter and Elizabeth were masked by their physical appearance Elizabeth was the strongest character but had the weakest body Also Abigails corrupt nature was hidden behind
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