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Comparing The Scarlet Letter to The Crucible Adultery betrayal promiscuity subterfuge and intrigue all of which would make an excellent coming attraction on the Hollywood scene and probably a pretty good book Add narration mass-hysteria and witch trials and the end result would be The Crucible but if you added Puritan ideals and writing styles making it long drawn out tedious wearisome sleep inducing insipidly asinine and the end result is The Scarlet Letter They are both considered to be classics The most obvious theme contained in both works is sin In The Scarlet Letter the sin that has been committed is adultery and has produced an illegitimate child Hester Prynne and the outspoken and praised minister of the Puritan community Arthur Dimmsdale were the adulters who committed the sin and produced the child Pearl Throughout the story Hester is dehumanized for her sin while Dimmsdale is still thought to be the almighty minister In similarity from The Crucible sin is put on trial The Crucible directly addresses the themes and ideas from Salem Witch Trials The young girls and their leader Abigail are the core of sin and evil in the girls and the community Throughout the story accusations are thrown at others from the community who are believed righteous Ultimately in this story the sin is coming directly from the black-man or the devil The girls are believed to have formed a pact with the devil and are now attempting to lure others to come with them In both books mental capacity causes illness Hesters sin of adultery has been confessed and as its symbol she wears the Scarlet Letter A As a result the sin does not destroy her inward spirit instead she gathers her strength and courage and flourishes in spite of the Letter A The author Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote it best Be true Be true Be true Show freely to the world if not your worst yet
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