The Adultianity In The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The Scarlet Letter is a Gothic romance- non-fiction novel about a woman named Hester Prynne who is publicly shamed by her community. The Scarlet letter took place in a puritan settlement in Boston in the seventeenth-century. Hester Prynne had to wear the scarlet A which stands for “Adulterer” because her daughter named pearl was born more than nine months after Hester left her husband in England so she could go to America. The author of the Scarlet letter is a man named Nathaniel Hawthorne who was a nineteenth-century American novelist, and a short story writer. Nathaniel Hawthorne became the key figure on developing American Literature for his novels of the Nation Colonial History. Hawthorne worked as a measurer in the Boston Custom House. …show more content…
The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850 which got him recognized as an author. Nathaniel Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864 at Plymouth, New Hampshire.
The scarlet letter is a novel about a woman named Hester Prynne who is publicly shamed by her community. The Scarlet Letter took place in Boston in the seventeenth-century. Heather had to wear the scarlet letter A on her breast that stands for “Adulterer”, because of her daughter pearl who was born more than nine months after Hester left her husband to go to America. When wearing the Scarlet Letter “A” a man in a crowd tells people that Hester is being punished for her sin, secrecy and adultery. Hester husband at the time sent her ahead to America but the husband never arrived in Boston. The consensus was that he had been lost at sea. Since
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The Scarlet Letter “A” was to be a symbol that represents shame. Hester was forced to wear he Scarlet Letter “A” to represent a symbol of shame, but, she reversed the letter’s symbolic meaning from shame to strength. Hester was growing up she was changing the meaning of The Scarlet Letter because she became a successful seamstress, and not letting the shame affect her. The puritans believe was that people were born with sinners. Puritans watched over themselves, and the town people constantly. Hester reprieved execution because the Puritans made the decision to transform her into a living tirade against sin. Hester wasn’t physically imprisoned but leaving Massachusetts could allow her to take off the scarlet letter and continue a normal life. Hester later learned to forgive her herself for her adultery she committed, but society still continued to disrespect her for it. This novel shows how adultery was in the seventeenth century. The novel was the culmination of Hawthorns own reading, study, and experimentation with themes about the Puritans, sins, guilt and human conflict between emotions and intellect. The scarlet letter is considered to be a piece of American Literature because it is set in a remote past and because it deals with the interior psychology of individual

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