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In many works of literature a character makes a sacrifice that can affecthis life in order to achieve something more important In the play The Crucible byArthur Miller the character John Proctor sacrifices his life while in the novel TheScarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn the character Reverend Arthur Dimmesdalesacrifices his reputation Both characters Proctor and Dimmesdale respectivelygained something more important than their life and reputation In order to redeem himself from the sins he has made John Proctorsacrificed his life Before he was hanged Elizabeth his wife was asked to get himto confess that he was practicing witchcraft During their conversation Johnrevealed that it wasnt so important for him to lie in order to keep himself alivebecause he believed that if he died he wouldnt die saintly However when theygave him papers to sign which stated his confession and the names of people whoare accused of witchcraft it became important to him that he does not lie If he hadsigned the papers he would have blackened the names of the people who areinnocent He believed that he shouldnt have to blacken the names of the accusedpeople in order to keep his life Through this sacrifice he has balanced all the sinshe has made Therefore he has redeemed himself and kept his soul Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale sacrificed his reputation in order to gaininner peace Dimmesdale has been tortured by himself as well as Chillingworth Chillingworth felt the need to torture the man who committed adultery with Hesterhis wife Dimmesdale felt guilty for not confessing his crime when Hester was onthe scaffold The only way he could remove this guilt was to confess his crime andruin his reputation with the townspeople Even though he died almost immediatelyafter his confession he won the respect of his daughter escaped Chillingworthstorture and most importantly gained his inner peace Both John Proctor and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale gave up something that had abig affect on their
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