Compare and Contrast between The Scarlet Letter and The Crucible

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Mrs. Arnold

English 1301.78

5 November 2014

Two Stallions with a Grievance

Two beautiful women with a grievance for the past are more similar than not. Hester Prynne is a Puritan Woman living in the mid 1700's to early 1800's. Similarly is Abigail Williams. These characters both posses some key similitudes and contrasts in character, and their lives in general. This will be an assessment of their circumstances and the evil presences that they convey with them. When it comes to the subject of their lifestyle it is noted that Hester Prynne and Abigail Williams are more similar than they are different because of the amount of known and unbeknownst features in their existence.

One extremely common similitude is the fact that they both committed an infidelity. Abigail had an affair with John Proctor. She then experienced passionate feelings for him. When they where in her house Abigail said to John "And you must.

You are no wintry man. I know you, John. I know you. She is weeping. I cannot sleep for dreamin'; I cannot dream but I wake and walk about the house as though I'd find you comin' through some door. She clutches him desperately." (149). Hester Prynne circumstance is a bit different. She took part in an extramarital entanglement with the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale. Despite the fact that the two women's circumstances are somewhat diverse, in any case they carried out the same crime. This is one of numerous things that correlate in the lives of these two ladies.

One difference is the discipline for their wrongdoings. Hester has to stand atop the scaffold consistently for a predestined amount of time. The scaffold was talked about like a torturous device second only to the hangman's noose as described here: "The very...