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Sometimes two things may seem like they have nothing in common but when analyzed more critically one may find many similarities. A good example of this would be between The Crucible and Sommersby. These two stories may seem like they have nothing in common; one, The Crucible, is about the Salem witch trials, the other, Sommersby, is about a POW returning home after six years. These two stories may appear to be totally different but they do in fact share many similarities.
Three of the characters in The Crucible are very similar to three characters in Sommersby. The three characters The Crucible are John Proctor, his wife Elizabeth Proctor, and Abigail Williams. The three characters in Sommersby are Jack Sommers by (Horace Townsend), Laurel Sommersby, and Orin Meecham. John Proctor is like Laurel Sommersby in the sense that they have both committed the sin of adultery. Jack Sommersby is much like Elizabeth Proctor because they both have their reasons to believe their spouse is cheating on them, but don’t have the concrete evidence to confront their spouse. And the relationship between the two couples can be described in the same way; they are very uncomfortable around each other. Orin is similar to Abigail Williams because they are the ones that are having the affair with either Laurel or John. Both of them also try very desperately, with no success, to maintain their relationship with the person they are committing adultery with. Some of the characters in these two stories have something similar to the character in the other story.
Jack Sommersby and John Proctor made similar decisions prior to not confessing or denying the crimes they were accused of committing. Sommersby did not try to deny the charges brought up against him for the murder of a man in a nearby town that he did not kill nor does he sustain the idea that he is not really Jack Sommersby. Proctor does not formally confess to being a wizard nor did he try to deny the charge. They both had similar reasons for making the decisions they did. They did it to help other people, not for any personal benefit. Sommersby did not try to back up the idea that he was Horace Townsend and not Jack Sommersby, because if he did that many people in town would lose all the land they have purchased from him.
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