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The Scarlet Letter And The Crucible Comparison Of Proctor And Dimmesdale.

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The Scarlet Letter and The Crucible - Comparison of Proctor and DimmesdaleThe decisions made by the character John Proctor, in The Crucible, and by Arthur Dimmesdale, in The Scarlet Letter, were very much alike. Throughout the entirety of both books, the similarities and differences between these two male characters, and the environments in which they lived, seemed to reflect back and forth quite generously. Also, the societies in which John Proctor and Arthur Dimmesdale lived in have a fair amount of topics that can be compared and contrasted together to further backup the fact that these men, despite their differences, were very similar.Of the similarities between Proctor and Dimmesdale throughout the book the reader is told that these two men are relatively the same age, and living in approximately the same time period, the 1600s. In each Puritan society both men are well respected because of their role in the community. Dimmesdale is a well-known, and respected reverend, and Proctor is a well-respected farmer. Both men are involved with the church, however they both question their role in the theocracy in which they live. Dimmesdale as the reverend, or leader of the theocracy, questions his ability to be the leader of all of the people of the community. He could not see himself, a sinner under the eyes of God, leading a religion whose morals and standards were based upon not sinning. John Proctor on the other hand, rarely went to church, and was even criticized for his choice not to attend masses. Both men also hid their secret, which also is one and the same; they both have committed the crime of adultery. However, each man has concealed his sin, which for one person or another leads to death. John Proctor's silence of his crime led to the persecution and death many innocent men and women. If, in the beginning, he had admitted his sin he would have shown Abigail Williams to be a liar. Then there would be no confusion, and her accusations would have been deemed incredible. Instead, John kept quiet in order to keep his name clean, and many innocent people died due to Abigail's claims. "...He hesitates to expose Abigail as a fraud because he worries that his secret will be revealed and his good name ruined."(Ward). Arthur Dimmesdale also did not speak of his sin with Hester Prynne, which ultimately resulted in his own death. Dimmesdale's silence lead to an internal conflict with himself over the guilt that he felt from not admitting to his wrongdoing. This internal conflict leads to intense flagellations, and mental heath problems, and because of these problems, his death comes toward the end of the story. Both men also died for what they believed. Dimmesdale's actions caused confusion as well; it caused confusion between Pearl and his followers. If he had admitted his crime, Pearl would not be deprived of the knowledge of who her father was. Also, if his followers knew about his act of adultery, they would be in a great state of confusion, not...

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