Hester's Punishment In The Scarlet Letter

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→ 1. AGREE or DISAGREE: Hawthorne made it clear that, by the end of the book, the Puritans had learned something from Hester’s punishment. Why or why not? I firmly believe that in his novel, The Scarlet Letter, the author Nathaniel Hawthorne developed the idea that the Puritans had not learned something from Hester 's punishment. The first method that Hawthorne employed to build the concept that the Puritans had not learned something from Hester 's punishment was to describe how the Puritans began to readmit Hester in their society. The author states "Hester Prynne did not now occupy precisely the same position in which she beheld her during the earliest periods of her ignominy." (Hawthorne, 145). The reader can clearly see that Hawthorne …show more content…
In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne describes how Hester 's punishment for her crime of adultery was to stand on a public scaffold for three hours, wear a Scarlet Letter upon her bosom, and to be excluded from social affairs. More information about Hester 's punishment can be found on page 64. According to (classroom.synonyms.com, "What Happened to the Puritan Women if Caught in Adultery?"), men were punished in a less harsh manner for having committed adultery. "Adultery was considered a more serious offense for women, who were often viewed as temptresses." (classroom.synoyms.com). After reading The Scarlet Letter and the article above, the reader would be able to see clearly see that women were judged differently than men during the 1600 's because women were considered the one who would "seduce" a man. In the 21st century, women are still judged differently than men. According to a questionnaire, conducted by National Women 's Law Center, that was given to men, women were believed to be more emotional and less objective than their male counterparts. It is evident that women are still judged differently than men because of how males believe that females were driven more by their emotions than men. It is overwhelmingly apparent that women are still judged differently than men today just like in the time …show more content…
One reason that I believe this is because I have seen children throw tantrums over not having an iPhone. These kids feel they are entitled to an iPhone because their friends have one, even if their parents are having financial problems. I remember the event as if it was yesterday. I was walking into the Apple store to get my iPad fixed which I had bought with my money. At the entrance to the shop, there was a girl, which I estimated to be about ten years old, crying and begging for her mother and father to buy her an iPhone. She said, "I need an iPhone because Olivia has one…" The parent tried to tell the girl that they did not have the money, yet the girl would have none of it. I was shocked to hear this because my parents had taught me to be self-sufficient. If I wanted something, I had to cough up the money. Even though this was only one interaction, anyone who saw the event occur would have come to the conclusion that the girl did not appreciate that her parents had put a roof over her head, food in her stomach, and clothes on her back. There is additional evidence that even in the 1600 's when The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne takes places, Pearl does not always appreciate the things her mother (Hester) does for her. When Pearl was a young girl, she continually questioned her mother of why she wore the letter "A" on her bosom and what the letter meant. She even made her letter "A"

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