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Interdependence weaves together a society of individuals Relationships with other people are important parts of human life and interdependence is the group-wide dependence every person has for other people and which groups of people have for that person This dependence makes each of us part of a great designan intricately woven universe phenomenal because of the billions of human beings that are its miniscule components Communication is one of the most important considerations in human interdependence and literature has some of the most interesting examples and hypotheses of relational interdependence The interdependencies in Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter include Hesters dependence on the society even while this society has ostracized her and the dependence of the society on Hester as a scapegoat In Mosaic ritual a scapegoat was a goat on whose head the sins of the people were symbolically placed Hester knows that she cannot survive on her own so she has to tolerate the societys treatment of her On the other hand the Puritanical society seems to have need of a scapegoatsuch as Hester in The Scarlet Letter or the witches of Salem in The Crucible Since the Puritans did not emphasize a forgiving God they may have subconsciously reverted to the Mosaic tradition of the scapegoat instead Also Arthur Millers examples of interdependencies in The Crucible include John and Elizabeth on one hand and the whole village of Salem on the other Most of these Puritans feel a necessity to confess their sins as Catholics do without actually confessing and therefore look to one another They each either want to find someone they dislike to blame their own sin on or they want to try to erase their own guilt by accusing the person they have sinned against of witchcraft This is an excellent example of a group of individuals woven together by their selfishness and greed As F Scott Fitzgerald shows us in The Great Gatsby the need of
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