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Comparison of The Scarlet Letter and The Crucible Through careful analyzes of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Crucible by Arthur Miller one will discover the related themes throughout the stories These themes include sin punishment evil and lust The Puritan society and the characters have also built upon the themes of both stories The existence of close relationship between the two works is evident with thorough analysis The main evident theme from both works is sin In The Scarlet Letter the sin committed is adultery and has produced an illegitimate child Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale were the adulteress who committed the sin and produced the child Pearl Throughout the story Hester is dehumanized for her sin while Dimmesdale is still thought to be the almighty minister In similarity The Crucible directly addresses the themes of adultery and sin The young girls and their leader Abigail Williams are the core of sin and evil in the Puritan community The girls are believed to have formed a pact with the devil and are now attempting to lure others to come with them Also The Crucible twirls around the theme of adultery committed by Abigail Williams and John Proctor Overall in both works the major theme is sin and how it affects the lives of the people and their communities In both works the forest was where the evil Black Man was fabled to meet with witches and sinners The forest was also away from societys prying eyes and harsh judgments Here events could be open and free Here was the only place where Hester and Dimmesdale can meet and talk freely of the sin they shared seven years previously The forest is not only an important location for meeting of sinners but also conjuring of spirits and greeting the devil As seen in The Crucible the girls met with and conjured the spirits of the devil and the underworld In both works the
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