How Does Nathaniel Hawthorne Use Irony In The Scarlet Letter

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Imagine you are in a world where everybody is fake. Everybody is wearing a mask, hiding behind their secrets because they are afraid of being judged. Nobody actually knows each other, nobody is brave enough to be the one who admits when they have done wrong. Until one day, a girl is caught doing something out of the ordinary, an action that is typically frowned upon. The entire town finds out and immediately, they all hate her. They talk behind her back, call her names, and damage her reputation forever. But, secretly, all of those people had their secrets too. They have all done things they were not supposed to. And the one time someone takes responsibility for her actions, she gets punished. Isn’t that ironic? Well, that is exactly what happens …show more content…
The book is centered around Hester Prynne, a young woman who had sex outside of her marriage. She is forced to wear a scarlet “A” on her breast for the rest of her life. She lives in a society of “puritans”, people who focus their whole lives on religion and the bible, and because of this, they are very unforgiving towards her sin. The author of the book, however, disagrees with this. He believes that the puritans all had sins they never shared, and that the rules they lived their life by were simply stupid. In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses irony to criticize the puritan ideals.
The man who Hester had sex with happened to be the towns minister, Dimmesdale. She is forced to stand on a scaffold in front of the whole town where Dimmesdale is interrogating her. It is ironic that Dimmesdale is the pastor because according to puritan beliefs, he has committed one of the worst sins of all time, even though it was in secret. One of the
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They are clearly an unstable society with no real morals and Hawthorne hated this about them. So, he wrote the Scarlet Letter and filled it with irony to specifically criticize the puritan ideals. The puritans believed that Dimmesdale was their holy pastor, yet he was ironically one of the biggest sinners in their colony. They also believed that sin should be publically shamed, but ironically only in Hester because they are all sinners secretly 1124124at heart. This is the world where everybody is fake, everybody wears a mask. The puritans are not meant to be an appealing society, but Hawthorne clearly intended for the readers to feel this

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