The Crucible vs The Scarlet Letter

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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 committed the sin of adultery but that was Hester’s single sin, Abigail Williams had multiple sins and none of which are comparable to Hester Prynne’s.

In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, Abigail Williams- the main character- is a wicked, confident girl who lies to get what she wants. Abigail defends her name and her life through evil means. The Crucible is most forcefully portrayed through Abigail Williams. Evil is shown through Abigail in many ways. Abigail utilizes three main ways to complete her evil desires. Abigail shows her evil through harlotry, lunacy, and accusations. Abigail is a harlot, and from such harlotry stemmed the evils of The Crucible. Her relationship with John Proctor and her animosity towards Elizabeth Proctor all stem from her evil ways of lechery. Abigail loved John, but John only had lust for her because of strains in his marriage. This lust became evident. She makes her story plausible by using spectral evidence against the accused. John Proctor knows he did wrong and has repented his ways, however Abigail refuses to forget and repent; she wishes to runaway with John and stay with him. Abigail continued to lie and make threats towards others further showing her lunacy, and therefore her ties to the Devil through sins. Abigail’s accusations begin to go too far when she turns on the judge of Salem and infers that he, too, is controlled by the Devil. When Mary Warren suggested that they should confess to dancing in the woods....