Biblically, we all are sinners. We all “fall short of God’s glorious standard.” (Romans 3:23) But, the way Hawthorne uses the Puritan society seems to contradict that statement. The way the society acts strict and unforgiving towards the main character, Hester Prynne, who is the novel’s protagonist and the wearer of the scarlet letter “A”, which signifies that she is an “adulterer”, expresses the hypocrisy of the Puritans. This is clearly shown through the exclusion, the badge of infamy, and the resent of Hester’s only treasure-Pearl. ** Clearly, Hester’s sin was out in the open for everyone to see.
Or is she simply playing the role and dumbing herself down purposefully as women throughout history (and even currently) have done to appease her man? If Eve really was the weaker sex why did God make Eve so powerful and give her the ability to ruin it for all of mankind? Eve is portrayed as meek and oblivious. When we are first introduced to her we are told, “Not equal, as their sex not equal seemed” (Book 4, 296). Milton lets us know from the very start that she is not equal to Adam.
Winthrop clearly claims she is guilty due to her gender and the role she needs to play in the community instead of the actual religious preaching that was done. According to the leaders of the community, like Winthrop, “If God speaks directly to her, a mere woman, means he could speak to anyone, which puts the ministers out of business and destabilizes their spiritual and political leadership” (440). In effect, this will disrupt the social status of the community. Hutchinson enacts a reformation for Protestants that will readvise the rights of the genders. Cheryl C. Smith excels in providing examples to support her thesis of the roles of the genders of the Massachussetts Bay Colony.
His sermon was typical of the era and can be assumed to be quite effective. “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” paints a vivid picture of Hell and informs the audience that they are kept out of hell only by the “mere pleasure of God (p 426).” Puritans had a different view of Christianity and God then most people today. They believed we are all born sinners (depravity). Modern day Christians believe this to be partially true because of the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden where Eve eats a fruit from the Forbidden Tree and then persuades Adam to eat too. This was the first sin and is now a part of everyone thus creating the initial need for people to accept Jesus Christ and to repent for their sins.
The sins that the citizens in the community committed might not have been horrible but no one judged them like they judged and humiliated Hester. When someone is disliked by majority of the people their side of the situation doesn’t matter and justice is never served correctly. Hester Prynne’s adultery was wrong but the punishment wasn’t fair. She was forced to wear the red letter A that stood for adultery, which in the religious community was a sin and a crime. Hester slept with the preacher in the town, and became pregnant, and because no unmarried man came forward, they assumed that she slept with a married man.
SHORT ANSWER STUDY GUIDE QUESTIONS - The Crucible Act One 1. "So now they and their church found it necessary to deny any other sect its freedom, lest their New Jerusalem be defiled and corrupted by wrong and deceitful ideas." What is the irony in that statement? 2. Explain how the witch-hunt years were a time of "general revenge."
Mary Magdalene is a controversial character even without the movie because it suggests that Jesus gave into temptation and may have had a relationship with this woman. I personally feel that the makers of this movie took this idea and expanded on it and made it even more controversial than what it is. Another instance where we see Jesus being overwhelmed is the scene with the Lepers. Here we see that he cannot handle the pressure of being the healer for all humankind. He even says “There is too little of me”.
The issue is that these men are affecting the others in society with their malicious ideals, notably the harmless women of this nation. Extracting all the secrets from them, the homosexuals cause women to begin to hate the men that may have only abused them once or twice, just so they can have them to themselves. How shameless can one get? Homosexuality is a problem both sexually and religiously. The bible- the religious book that all Americans follow- clearly stated that those who engage in such a sin as falling in love with the wrong person will be condemned to eternal hell.
This idea lead Puritan men too many justifications. Not be a single vocal Puritan man, but a group of Puritan men with differing mindsets and ideas especially with their view on the role of women. If women were physically weak then they are certainly spiritually weak against Satan. If a woman was older and single she was a witch, if she was widowed she was a witch, rich witch, poor witch, quiet witch, loud witch, or talked back most certainly the devils work. The problem was a damned if she does and damned if she does not.
Secondly, some theologians claim that the whole unwillingness to female priests is caused by the so called “Representation of Christ”. It is a religious dogma stating that a priest represents Christ when he ministers to individual members of his flock. Since Jesus was undeniably male, then the ideal form of the pastor or priest is to also be male. As one theologian said: That one male is best represented by another male is a matter of common sense. What is more, as there are many conflicting feelings and completely opposite views on the issue of legalising female ordination, any radical change in the current canon law code would certainly act against the unity and unanimity of the Church and of