Scarlett Letter Essay

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In Hawthorne's "Scarlet Letter" Hester Prynne's conflict with society is the sin in which she has committed now forces her to have to wear a scarlet letter "A" as punishment which in turn will affect the town and their views. This also in fact shows how Nathaniel Hawthorne views sin and the puritans. Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote the Scarlet Letter in 1850 and set the books time within the 1700's. This novel is based particularly on the Puritans and their view of having a pure society while focusing on Hester Prynne. In the book Hester Prynne as "being beautiful from regularity of feature and richness of complexion – Hawthorne (Pg. 56 – 57)" but yet she was a "malefactress – Townsperson (PG. 56.)" that has committed the ugly sin of adultery. For this she has to wear a scarlet letter "A" on the breast of her dress which is supposed to shame her. This is where the initial conflict begins. Instead of showing shame Hester embraces the embroidered A when she is forced to stand in front of everyone in the town with her daughter pearl; who is the product of her sin and officially unveil her letter of guilt. "She took the baby on her arm and with a burning blush, and yet a haughty smile and a glance that will not be abashed, looked around at her townspeople and neighbors. -Hawthorne (Pg. 56)" This certain situations affects Hester Prynne in the scarlet letter because her initial reaction is to use baby Pearl to hide the stitching but to mask her true shame and embarrassment she unintentionally commits another sin. Pride. I think by Nathaniel Hawthorne writing this scene in the Scarlet Letter it shows that he may not agree with the idea of publicly punishing someone for their sins or wrongdoings. Along with the town viewing Hester's sin as a terrible crime against Puritan laws they really have a problem with the way Hester views her on sin. For instance when Hester

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