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They are conformists and submissive as a result of the restrictive lifestyle they had to lead. The first struggle that John Proctor faces in The Crucible is his guilt over committing the sin of adultery. This moral problem continues throughout the play, and it is the primary moral predicament that Proctor faces in the play. He has broken his own moral code as was as the moral law in the Puritanical Salem in his affair with Abigail. Moreover, he struggles with his moral standing on this issue because he is partly responsible for Abigail's vendetta against his wife.
Americans today tend to believe that normalcy is expected, while individuality is often rejected. Throughout the novel The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. by J.D. Salinger, the author exposes the reader to the character Holden and his tale of coming of age. Holden wants to keep his life simple with his own individuality by not conforming to what society considers normal.
Orwell and Niccol also present conflicting views on the possibility of individual rebellion in an oppressive society, reflected by the success of Vincent and failure of Winston. In their prophetic dystopian texts both George Orwell and Andrew Niccol use the experiences of their protagonists to explore the broad social wrong of a totalitarian government.
Hester's struggle against society is similar to his own. Both, he and Hester, resist Puritan values and beliefs. The society Hawthorne lived in discouraged him and stopped him from pursuing his passion in writing, but he still continues to write. His novel shows the inner conflicts of individuals, the conflicts between them and society, and discloses the truth of the human heart. The story discusses a sin, which is adultery, and how viewing it differs from society and the sinner.
Often, authors put their characters in extenuating circumstances to demonstrate the capabilities of society. Two works that emphasize this are 1984 and The Great Gatsby, they both show the pressures of society and how even the slightest of it oppresses the human mind and body. When comparing the two works, the reader can see that in 1984, the people and main character Winston are literally oppressed from free thought and expression and in The Great Gatsby the oppressing force is invisible and psychological on its main characters. The way these two criticize society is that they convey the unrealistic standards society has set for people and what society could become if it were to turn for the worst. 1984 demonstrates what would happen if society let the pressures become real and personified.