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When the topic of a Puritanical society is brought up most people think of a strict and conservative society While this may have usually been the case this was not always so The Puritan society was also known not to act out of brotherly love but to cruelly lash out on those who were sinned or were deemed unfit for society Two works of literature that display both aspects of this society very accurately are The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorn and The Crucible by Arthur Miller The Scarlet Letter displays a society that treats two people very differently who commit the sin of adultery together The woman Hester Prynne admits her sin is forced to always wear a scarlet letter A on her chest and is ostracized from society The man Reverend Dimmsdale hides his sin from the world is almost worshipped by the townspeople but is filled with the shame of his action Nathanial Hawthorm illustrates how insensitive a Puritan society can be to those who admit to their wrong doings The Crucible is a play that tells the story of the famous witchcraft trail in Salem Massachusetts In the story Abigail Williams who is the orphaned niece of the towns minister Reverend Parris is the main person who accuses people of sending their spirits on her and the other girls What starts as children dancing in the woods leads to the accusation and execution of many innocent people for witchcraft The two works of literature have very similar qualities including setting conflict and general aspects of the characters There are also specific parallels between characters such as Abigail and Hester and Parris and Dimmesdale The settings in both the Scarlet Letter and The Crucible occur in 1692 The time period is very important in both pieces because it is a time of religious intolerance and a conservative attitude pervades in New England where both works of literature take place This Puritan
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