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Trials of Her Sins Hester Prynne Nathanial Hawthornes character from his novel The Scarlet Letter and Abigail Williams from The Crucible by Arthur Miller have both committed a crime and they are both hated by their societies However there are also differences between the two characters Hester Prynne is the more respectable Puritan woman of the two because she did not commit as many sins as Abigail did she was not as secretive about it and her actions only affected herself and her child Hester did sin horribly but it was not comparable to Abigails many sins The sins that Abigail were guilty of were wrath avarice lust and envy while Hester only committed lust Hesters adulterous behavior was considered one of the worst sins of the Puritan women Although that was an awful sin to have committed Abigail committed a sin of the same kind and more Abigail and Hester both knew that what they did was wrong Hester took the blame and did not lie about what happened Abigail lied and made her friends lie just so she would not get in trouble for her sin Abigails behavior and involvement of others created a more complex reason to judge her as less respectable of the two Hester was not secretive about committing her crime as Abigail was Abigail is even described as an orphan with an endless capacity for dissembling page 9 This proves that she tried to cover up her actions Hester did not try to hide the fact from the townspeople that she was pregnant she only tried to conceal the identity of the father of her baby Abigail on the other hand made sure that the citizens of Salem did not find out that she and her friends had been lying when
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