In both, the novel, Snow Falling On Cedars,' and the play of The Crucible,' the strength of the female characters is detailed by their portrayals throughout the text, highlighting their importance to the narrative of their respective literature.
When we are first introduced to Abigail, we learn that she has been raised by her uncle, Parris, "a widower with no interest with children, or talent with them," and this coupled with Salem's Puritan society leads to her feeling repressed by her environment, and seeking to change her position and status in Salem. Her affair with John Proctor leads to conflict between Salem's expectations of her, and her cynicism towards their hypocrisy and the "lying lessons" of their society.
Hatsue is also torn between two sets of values during her youth and, like Abigail, this struggle is never fully reconciled. Hatsue feels repressed and confused because she is torn between the Japanese upbringing she has had, including her lessons with Mrs. Shigemura, and the attraction she feels toward the American culture; "her craving for existence and entertainment, for clothes, make-up, dances, movies." The reader learns this through the embedded narrative in Chapter 7, which provides the audience's first insight into the background detail of Hatsue's character, and therefore shows that her conflicting ideals will be important throughout the development of the narrative, and also to our understanding of Hatsue. She is therefore important in this respect, as it is through the readers' early introduction to this aspect of her character that the theme of conflicting values and cultures becomes apparent; this is suggestive to the reader of events and themes that may transpire later in the narrative, therefore maintaining their interest.
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