Puritan In The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Many people think that society has moved on from puritan like rules, social standards, as well as qualities that happened, shown in The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. But it has not. Today is almost as it was nearly 400 years ago, with the same judgment and hypocrisy passed on people who may have “sinned” or have not held to other people’s standards, which those people may not even keep themselves. The puritan religion was ideally about being as pure as one could be. But in almost all parts of their society, there were examples of this hypocrisy such as in the Scarlet Letter, with Hester. Hester was judged by others who had no right to judge her. People who were members of this religion were encouraged to abstain from doing anything …show more content…
Anything from lying to killing to gossiping was considered a sin to them, each with a different punishment. Such as in the Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne committed adultery, therefore she had to wear an A on her chest for the rest of her life. There was a certain amount of injustice here, as there is in every society and religion. Here, she thought her husband died, so she had a child with another man. The people who gave her this punishment were very unjust because this is, or can be, overeating to something very simple. Judgment also goes along with injustice. Anything in the Scarlet Letter can be judgment from them condemning her, to their prejudice and criticism of her acts. There were large amounts of hypocrisy as well. Everything the puritans despised, lying, gossiping, and judging, they did themselves. A large amount of things wrong with puritanical society revolves around …show more content…
Even though people seem to gotten over their irrational fear of blacks, gays, atheists, and Russians, there is a lot of judgment that happens at an unconscious level, such as people judging based on looks. An article from Psychology Today talks about how a study was done on how somebody’s look affects the way a society views them. “A person’s brain first visualizes the other being’s appearances by observation. Then, taking into account previous knowledge and basic standards, the unconscious fills in any “blank spaces” to create a full supposed understanding of the other person. (Mlodinow)” This happens a lot in things like politics. It has been supported in several studies that a more attractive candidate will be more favorable. This is just one of the many judgments people get all around them, day after day, not even taking in things like nationality, sexuality, or work ethic. This judgment could be easily seen as hypocrisy. Many things we judge others about, we do

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