Essay on Analysis Of `` The Scarlet Letter `` By Nathaniel Hawthorne

1396 Words Oct 27th, 2015 6 Pages
As Eugene Ionesco, a famous Roman playwright in the 1900s once said, "No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa." Society changes based on the people in it, it adapts to the needs of the people in it, not the opposite. Society will not revolt against anyone unless they are given reason to do so. In The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the actions that each of the characters commits appears to be controlled by society, but the reality is exactly the opposite. Hester 's view of the sin she had committed, Pearl 's unwillingness to socialize with other children, and Dimmesdale 's inability to release his sin are just a few examples of control with respect to society. These characters are the greatest influence of society, their choices and actions define how their lives play out. For Hawthorne, it is the individuals who are in control of how their lives influence society.
To begin with, Hester is portrayed as one of the most influential characters throughout the entire story. In the beginning, society looks at Hester as a good seamstress, taking pride in the sins she committed. Her decision to make the scarlet letter, something that signifies beauty, creates the first impression that the actions she commits will influence society in specific ways. When the townswoman were…

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