To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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Positive Outcome from Isolation Most often, isolation is brought on by a wrong-doing in society. Consequently, society normally views the wrong-doer as a threat to peace within a community and wishes to remove them from the area by isolation. Isolation is feared in society and believed that once isolated, one looses all sanity. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee both depict characters whom have been positively changed by society’s judgment and isolation. The Puritan’s imagined a “Utopia of human virtue and happiness” (Pearl) when they established a society in America, and they saw it necessary to forcibly remove the bad seeds from their community, whether it occur through death or isolation. Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter has been convicted of adultery, a strict “violation of the Seventh Commandment in the code of Puritan New England” and is forced to stand on scaffolding in front of the entire Puritan community and must display an “A” on her breast as a reminder of the sin that she has committed (Austin). Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird self-isolated himself within the walls of his childhood home for fifteen years after getting caught up in the wrong crowd as a teenager and accused of stabbing his father in the leg. Radley’s strange decision to isolate himself from the world portrays himself to the community of Maycomb, Alabama as a “compelling enigma” and represents the “mysterious” and the “unfathomable” (Felty). The people of Maycomb can not understand why someone would willingly lock themselves away, so they all assume that “[Radley] must be terrifying and evil” (Felty). The early chapters of The Scarlet Letter imply that Hester Prynne was a passionate and stubborn young lady. When Hester steps out onto the scaffold, she “took the baby on her arm, and, with a burning blush, and yet a haughty smile, and

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