John Proctor and Hester Prynne
Analysis of John Proctor and Hester Prynne
John Proctor from The Crucible and Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter are both strong minded protagonists. Hester Prynne is known as judged by her society while John Proctor is highly respected throughout where he lives. All though both characters have different lives, they do the same things in many ways. Both have their similarities and differences, but they lead to the same thing: a form of punishment.
John Proctor and Hester Prynne both committed adultery. Hester had committed adultery with Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. Hester’s real husband, Roger Chillingworth, was not in America at the time. When he did arrive, he was in disguise (Hawthorne 67). Throughout the story you can tell that Hester never truly loved Roger Chillingworth. Hester refuses to tell anyone who she committed adultery with but since she had a child, Pearl, while her husband was not in America, everyone knows and she is judged harshly (Hawthorne 74). Her punishment for this sin is that for the rest of her life she will have to wear a scarlet letter ‘A’ on her chest that stands for adultery (Hawthorne 60).
John Proctor committed adultery a young girl named Abigail Williams. Abigail was John and his wife’s, Elizabeth’s servant. Unlike Hester, John did love his wife Elizabeth, but Abigail was obsessing over John. Elizabeth was with John in America whenever he committed adultery. John did confess, which threatened to ruin his good name. John told Judge Danforth and the other residing judges about his act of adultery with Abigail. They brought in John’s wife, Elizabeth, and she denied that John had committed adultery. Therefore, no one to believed John (Miller 1309-11). John is not punished for committing adultery, but he is hung for supposedly committing witchcraft (Miller 1334).
So in comparison, John and Elizabeth both had committed adultery. Both...