The Crucible Women

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A View of Women Through Language As in life, individuals have different opinions and react differently in certain situations. This is also true in literature among authors. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, both authors have different opinions and sympathies towards women. Miller is not sympathetic towards them, where as Hawthorne is. These different opinions are present in the personalities of the women characters’ personalities and their actions. This theme is present in both pieces of literature. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Arthur Miller creates the character of Abigail Williams. His creation of Abigail Williams “reinforces stereotypes of femme fatales” (Schissel). By doing this…show more content…
Hawthorne’s fabrication of Hester gives the reader an indication of Hawthorne’s opinion on the female gender. “Hawthorne’s pro-woman novel retains its value to feminist literature for its depiction of circumscribed female lives” (Snodgrass). Hawthorne is sympathetic to Hester and shows her strong and ambitious side throughout the novel. He creates this likeable character by analyzing her psyche, picking out specific traits in order to engage the reader, and giving her ambitious actions to carry out in order to show the reader her full potential. Hester Prynne is the wife of a man named Chilingworth, who has sent Hester to live in a village near Boston. There, Hester commits adultery with the Reverend Dimmsedale. Although, in the beginning of the novel no one knows who the man is Hester confesses herself and refuses to give the name of the man. Hester has a child as a result of this crime. Her punishment is the wearing of a scarlet “A’ for the rest of her life, and she must stand on the scaffold of the town so everyone can see her. This event begins the struggle for…show more content…
Arthur Miller does not sympathize with his female characters and shows this through the personality and actions given to Abigail Williams. Nathaniel Hawthorne, on the other hand, sympathizes with women, which he shows through his character of Hester Prynne. Literature is a chance for authors to make their opinions on certain topics evident to their reader through their use of language. This concept is also present in everyday life, where individuals must rationalize and debate in order to make their opinions
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