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Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter and John Proctor from The Crucible Essay

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Men are nothing more than kids. They still squabble and misbehave, and has to be punished appropriately for their security in addition to the safety of other people. Dimmesdale in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and John Proctor from Arthur Miller's The Crucible were all guilty of adultery, or extramarital sex, among other crimes. Proctor was accused of witchcraft which could entail anywhere from commanding spirits to communing with the devil. Punishments for such crimes included flogging or whipping. Dimmesdale committed adultery and concealed his guilt through lies. Proctor and Dimmesdale each suffered for their offense, but nothing in comparison to what they should have received. Proctor was chastised through separation by his loved ones and finally death. Dimmesdale imposed his punishment upon himself through whippings, vigils, fasts, blinding lighting, etc.. Dimmesdale's punishments, while successful and warranted, were not performed by a single appointed to do so in light of the public and God. Proctor and Dimmesdale were finally punished with death, but perhaps not even death was a suitable punishment for their heinous crimes. Before Dimmesdale's premature death in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Dimmesdale dedicated the sins of lying and adultery. In order to keep his sins a mystery, Dimmesdale discussed nothing of his own involvement in the affair until it ripped him apart in the interior out.When Dimmesdale tried to confess his sin to his own congregation, they saw the confession as though it were a part of his sermon. "He had spoken the very truth, and transformed it into the veriest falsehood". (Hawthorne 171) Rather than adjusting their assumption, Dimmesdale went along with this, after more hiding his sinfulness. When Dimmesdale finally confessed his sin openly...

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