Women have always played a major role in society.
They play very essential roles such as the carrier of the life cycle. They were created to be a companion of man. Overtime women have varied their roles in today’s society. As seen in the novel’s The Crucible by Arthur Miller and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, women can travel outside of society’s norms.
Women also played major role in both novels. These stories were written by totally opposite authors but the settings of these stories are the same, the Puritan era. Both authors portrayed the strengths of women while also portraying their downfalls too.The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a story of lies, confusion, and infidelities.
The story plot consisted of false accusations of witchery. Consequently, The Crucible’s story plot consisted of many women. It was women that were dancing in the forest that broke Puritan law resulting in the beginning of “finger-pointing”, which indeed induced the Salem witch trials. It was a woman that seduced John Proctor into cheating on his wife resulting in false accusations that spiraled out of control.
It was a woman that was a leader of several girls, who she led to lie and conspire against others in the Puritan community.Point in case women were the focus of this novel. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, Scarlett Letter the feminine focus was even more evident. The story focused on an adulterous woman by the name of Hester Prynne who was forced to adorn a scarlet A upon her chest.
Hester is first introduced into the novel in an unsuspected way. It begins with Hester exiting imprisonment with baby Pearl in hand. The whole novel is an orbit of events around Hester and her child. There a few male character but all in which are not introduced into the story without a direct link to Hester herself.
So there you have it folks, another story where women are the focus.Both Hawthorne and Miller’s novel’s settings, plot, and theme is similar. They both took place during the Puritan Era. A time period that spanned between the years 1564 and 1660 which involved strict codes.
During this era women were expected to behave a certain way and carry themselves in a certain manner and were very confined. Some of their most important roles were giving birth to children and caring for husband, children, and home. Women of this time were not suppose to voice opinions and in some communities weren’t even allowed to speak or offer prayers and you can forget about them having a voice in the government.The women portrayed in these novels were different.
These women stepped out of the cultural norms whether it was right or wrong. In both novels, both Hester and Abigail saw it acceptable to commit the ultimate sin of that day, adultery. Hester took a big risk and so did Abigail having sexual relations outside of marriage. Although Hester was the married woman going outside of her marriage and Abigail was the outside woman ruining someone else marriage, you can find many similarities in the character’s personalities but you have to look deeper within these two characters.