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Individuality vs. Conformity

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Nina Moore

on 1 March 2013

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Transcript of Individuality vs. Conformity

Character Comparisons (continued) Character Comparisons Reverend Dimmesdale Pearl Puritan Society Theocracy: "rule by God"
Predestination: God controls everything
Original Sin Quotes "On the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth, surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread, appeared the letter A" (Hawthorne 47). Individuality vs. Conformity Reverends are regarded as the holiest of people
High on the hierarchy of Puritan society
Rebels against society when he impregnated Hester Prynne (married) John Proctor Hates hypocrites
People dislike him because of his arrogance
Knows if a person is a hypocrite
Hypocrite because he slept with Abigail while he is married The Scarlet Letter and The Crucible in Abigail Williams Alpha female
Demonic
In love with John Proctor
Willing to get rid of anyone who stands in her way
Stabbed herself with a needle to accuse Elizabeth Proctor (John Proctor's wife) of stabbing her with it (witchcraft)
Uses her power of manipulation to control the other girls into keeping her secret Hester took her punishment with grace and poise. She embroidered the "A" beautifully because she was going to take her punishment with her head held high. Pearl is Hester's inner self
Referred to as "demonic"
Taunts her mother several times
Always points out the scarlet letter on her mother's breast Character Comparisons (continued) Hester Prynne would not reveal the name of Pearl's father
wanted to protect Dimmesdale
shows strength and courage Giles Corey like Hester, would not reveal the name of his source
pressed to death by rocks because he would not confess the name
last words were "more weight" "We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam's dead sisters. And that is all. And mark this. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you" -Abigail (page 317) This quote shows Abigail's rebellious side. She is unwilling to conform to Puritan society. She threatens the girls to protect herself. By Nina Moore Quotes "I saw Goody Bibber with the Devil!" -Betty (page 341)
"I saw Goody Booth with the Devil!" -Abigail (page 341) In this scene, Betty and Abigail are accusing other women of being witches so they won't get in trouble for not following the rules of Puritan society. "If thou feelest it to be for thy soul's peace, and that thy earthly punishment will thereby be made more effectual to salvation, I charge thee to speak out the name of thy fellow-sinner and fellow-sufferer!" (Hawthorne 60). Here, Dimmesdale is trying to persuade Hester to give up the name of the father of her baby while knowing that it is him. The Scarlet Letter (TSL) vs. The Crucible (TC) TSL written in 1850, TC written in 1953
Takes place in Puritan times
Contains strong female characters
Contains troubled men who internally punish themselves
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