Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter identifies with her letter but she does not let others be burdened by it. Hawthorne writes on page 140, “All the light and graceful foliage of her character had been withered up by this red-hot brand, and had long ago fallen away leaving a bare and harsh outline, which might have been repulsive, had she possessed friends or companions to be repelled by it.” As for John Proctor, he still maintained his name that was honorable throughout the Puritan Society after confessing to adultery and witchcraft. Reputations have a significant impact on the identification of a character.
The connections between the works, the Crucible and The Scarlet Letter are evident and clear through the writings of both authors. From religion, to pride, to identity and reputation, the characters and symbols take the readers to a lever of understanding that can extend the whole meaning of a text. The connections of everyday interactions or even thoughts in a person’s head go on to make ingenious ideas that can take a person above and beyond. Connections are gears in a person’s mind that can multiply daily from one thought to