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scarlet letter

The writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne, portrays the Puritan
society in his novel, the "The Scarlet Letter". Through out
this novel, Hawthorne shows the reader certain aspects of
his opinion of the Puritan society. Hawthorne is constantly
judging the Puritans and it's standards of morality. A
number of Puritans do not agree with Hawthorne's novel, such
as how he portrays the society's methods of punishment and
it's hypocrisy. Hawthorne depicts his opinion through the
four, major characters of his novel, Hester Prynne, Arthur
Dimmesdale, Roger Chillingworth, and Pearl.
Hawthorne does not condone Hester's adultery, but he
does find it less serious a sin than the sins of Dimmesdale
and Chillingworth. He portrays the puritan women, who
believe in harsh punishments towards Hester, as
"hard-featured dames". " This woman has brought shame upon
us all, and ought to die." Hawthorne made the women an ugly
disposition to the fact that he thought that their morals
were extremely harsh. Despite these cold hearted women, the
author introduces a character with a different perspective
of Hester. " 'Ah,but,' interposed, more softly, a young
wife, holding a child by the hand,'let her cover the mark
as she will, the pang of it will always be in her heart.'"
Hawthorne's judgment is shown through this kind-hearted
woman; Hawthorne feels that she should feel pain and guilt,
but not to make her feel emotionally destroyed.
Puritans experienced the life lacking indulgences,
living a somber, downcast life. Although they lived
charitable lives, Hawthorne portrays them ,ironically, as
people who wish more injury on others than good. When Hester
reaches the scaffold, a mob of gossips were wishing that
harm would be put upon Hester. "At the very least, they
should have put the brand of hot iron on Hester Prynne…


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