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Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter and Arthur Millers The Crucible are both distinctly different narratives of the Salem Witch trials The Scarlet Letter is a novel and The Crucible is a play While The Scarlet Letter deals mainly with the sin of adultery The Crucible mainly deals with witchcraft Both have obvious similarities like the setting and the crime however one of the greatest similarities between the two is the loyalty of the Puritan people to their appointed officials Whether they were church or court officials the public supported them no matter what because 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 prestigious panel of men from the Churches and Courts of the Massachusetts Bay Colony All of the townspeople came to see Hester Prynnes punishment because of their loyalty to the court They had 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 is youthful and fair and doubtless was strongly tempted to her fall - and that moreover as is most likely her husband may be at the bottom of the sea - they have not been bold to put in force the extremity of our righteous law against her The penalty thereof is death But in their great mercy and tenderness of heart they have doomed Mistress Prynne to stand only a space of three hours on the platform of the pillory and then thereafter for the remainder of her natural life to wear a mark of shame upon her bosomCh 3 Even though they though that the officials punishment for Hester was too harsh they still went along with it because no one dared argue with the court In The Scarlet Letter the townspeople are so loyal to the Good Reverend Dimmesdale
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