The Scarlet Letter

In Act III, what is the significance of Proctor plowing on Sunday?


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The Puritans follow the dictates of the Bible to the letter. The fact that Proctor plows his fields on "the day of rest" is in direct conflict with the beliefs of the Puritan Church. This is significant because the courts are looking closely at John and Elizabeth's action within the community and their adherence to Puritan laws.


The Scarlet Letter