Essay on Analysis Of The Book ' The Scarlet Letter '

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The Truth Behind the Truth In the story, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, he describes the Puritan town of Boston, Massachusetts in the middle of the seventeenth century. This group of people wanted to clear the church of all Roman Catholic practices. The story is about Hester Prynne, who has a baby with someone who is not her husband. Her punishment is that she has to wear the scarlet letter on her breast for the rest of her life. Dimmesdale, the minister of the town, is the father. This secret couple withstands the troubles of sin throughout the story. I picked these two characters because they both would have been a good representation of what a perfect Puritan should have been. This is, of course, if they had not committed the sin of adultery. Instead, Hester Prynne and Dimmesdale portrayed what the Puritans were as a whole even though they were looked at as a disgrace throughout the story. One of Hester’s most profound characteristics that she displays throughout the story is her toughness. For her punishment, she has to stand in front of the entire town on a scaffold with the scarlet letter pinned to her chest. While on the platform Hester thinks to herself, “The unhappy culprit sustained herself as best a women might, under the heavy weight of a thousand unrelenting eyes, all fastened upon her, and concentrated at her bosom. It was almost intolerable to be borne.” (Hawthorne 14). This occurrence in the book The Scarlet Letter is one of the many…

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