Reputation In The Crucible And The Scarlet Letter

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A woman is walking through a park just a few blocks away from her apartment after a hard day at work. In the park, the woman looks over her shoulder to see a baby in a stroller smiling at her. Instantly the two make eye contact and the woman feels warmth in her heart that makes her feel an abundance of happiness. In this particular interaction, a connection was made much like the two stories the Crucible by Arthur Miller and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Both stories contain scenarios of misunderstood characters that experience public humiliation and false accusations. Numerous connections exist between the two works in the stories that lead to effects inside and outside of the texts. Religion is strong in both works that make …show more content…
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