The Scarlet Letter and the Crucible Comparison

Good Essays
Skyler Vincent
English 2333
Amanda Cuellar
April 04, 2012

In The Crucible and The Scarlet Letter, they are both known to be a part of the Puritan religion. The puritans are known to be very strict. Often people are put to cruel punishments for mistakes or sins they had committed. The actions they take to “punish” a person are extreme. The Puritans act and seem so committed to their religion. The people seem “Holy” but you never really know what happens behind closed doors. The Puritan religion is so strict is causes members to become corrupt. There are huge conflicts that take place in both books. The crucible is built up on a bunch of lies. The lies grow bigger each day and more people, innocent people, get thrown into the metaphorical shark tank. This happens because the group sinned to cover up their sin which caused more sin. Their religion being so strict caused some of the puritans to stray away from their beliefs but do not make them known. As for some of the fellow Puritans, bad influence was the cause of their sin. It is typical for the Puritans to be lost in their religion. It may feel as if it would be ridiculous to be so blind to other surroundings because of one’s religion. Trust is a thing religious people should have. Lying is a very obvious sin that one should not commit. Lying is a big part of The Crucible and due to the strictness of the religion; it is easy to persuade the one you are lying to. The lying starts when Abigail denies witchcraft to her uncle reverend Parris. Parris states “I saw it! Now tell me true, Abigail. And I pray you feel the weight of truth upon you, for now my ministry’s at stake, my ministry and perhaps your cousin’s life. Whatever abomination you have done, give me all of it now, for I dare not be taken unaware when I go before them down there.” (The Crucible 11)Abigail responded by saying “There is nothin’ more. I swear it, uncle.” The act of abomination the young women partook in was putting the reverend’s

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Good Essays

    People use comparison and contrast to notice the similarities and differences between different objects, subjects, texts, or possibly even ideas. Readers use a comparison analysis of books, or texts to better comprehend and connect texts to what they are really are about in and between the lines. In the history of American literature, Scarlet letter and Crucible by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Arthur Miller, can be compared in many different ways such as; the similar time setting, the puritan influence…

    • 693 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    Huston 1 Zakary Huston Mr. Montalbano AP English Language and Composition 11 August 2014 The Scarlet Crucible Both Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter include instance of settlers of the New England colonies being affected by Puritan law. Their commentary on Puritan society is spread throughout their works. Their views on the laws set forth by Puritanism are easily found within their stories about the various occurrences in a theocracy…

    • 1832 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    The edgy tale of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is comparable in many ways to Arthur Miller’s haunting play The Crucible. Both are set in Puritan New England in the 17th century and revolve around the harsh law enforcement of the time. However, The Scarlet Letter tells the story of a woman as she deals with her heavy Puritan punishment, whereas The Crucible follows hysteria as it spreads throughout an entire town. Hester Prynne, the main character of The Scarlet Letter, was found guilty for…

    • 696 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    The Crucible vs The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter, and the Crucible are two literary works set in the early days in the mid 1700’s and 1800’s of Massachusetts colony. During this time period, many people had their town rules, were highly religious, and believed that things that could not be explained by normal means of witchcraft. Hester Prynne and Abigail Williams of the Scarlet Letter and Crucible are very similar in the ways they both committed sins in their societies. However, both women…

    • 583 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Public Humiliation The Crucible and The Scarlet Letter share many themes that are still present in today’s society, such as the use of public humiliation as a punishment. Because of their sins, both John Proctor and Hester Prynn were alienated and punished by their peers and town leaders. The public humiliation that they faced helped shape the characters in the eyes of the reader and effected the way that they behaved and acted. In The Crucible John Proctor and the other towns people were punished…

    • 796 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Scarlet Letter/Crucible Essay The presence of guilt has been felt by all human beings. As guilt grows in a person's life it eventually begins to have a deteriorating effect on the individual. In both The Scarlet Letter and The Crucible more than one of the characters are experiencing some form of guilt and the effects of the public's opinion on their own personal sins. Each character's guilt originates from a different personal problem and with each character's guilt comes…

    • 999 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    later 1600s and the 1700s. Theological ethics are derived from a deity’s standpoint of what is good and should be done by humanity. In this case, that deity is God. When considering the works Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, The Scarlet Letter, and The Crucible, a thematic connection is quickly discovered. Although theological ethics and religion were viewed as deeply important in Puritan society, they ultimately caused evil and destruction in the world. While these people believed they were…

    • 669 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    and still do, in its reasoning. Authors Nathaniel Hawthorne and Arthur Miller of The Scarlet Letter and The Crucible, respectively, both write about how Puritans, filled with fear and ignorance, blindly believed the subjective statements and accusations they heard without considering the objectivity of the truth. In the Scarlet Letter, two opposing views of Roger Chillingworth and Mr.…

    • 767 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    In The Scarlet Letter and The Crucible, you may find similar themes in these novels The Scarlet Letter features Hester Prynne that commits a shameful sin, that being adultery. Related to The Scarlet Letter, In The Crucible concerns a group of girls that are said to also commit a shameful sin, which is witchcraft. However the children lie and say and said that all they did was “dance” in the woods. Even though both these novels have different plots, themes or ideas including, adultery and witchcraft…

    • 525 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Comparing "The Crucible" and "The Scarlet Letter" by: Jamie Newlands Two American authors, of two distinctly different time periods had one very similar task, to turn a piece of American History into a believable tragedy. Arthur Miller with The Crucible and Nathaniel Hawthorne with The Scarlet Letter. Perhaps one might wonder which author did a better job in doing so, but with such different pieces of work, this is hardly a question that can be answered. Miller's the Crucible was written in…

    • 730 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays