The And The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essays

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The past of America is portrayed in both The Devil in the Shape of a Woman by Carol F. Karlsen and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, giving us a better perspective into our past. Puritan New England sets the stage for the two novels because the society is what shapes the characters and the events of both novels. Both novels show relations with Puritan society, sin, and women 's sexuality. However, the portrayal of the different sides of Puritan America and the focus of the novels are different in the novels. The characters in both also have many similarities and differences between each other. These similarities, yet differences in the novels show how Puritan America shaped how society behaved toward people who disobeyed their beliefs.

Both novels have a connection with each other because they both represent some of the same major themes. Puritanism was the center of seventeenth-century New England, which made society’s entire beliefs about life and their actions based upon Puritan beliefs. Therefore, the individuals from both novels are accused of breaking Puritanical laws; in one novel Hester is accused of adultery and in the other many women are accused of being witches. Puritan America is mainly represented in both these novels by depicting what happened to these women who defied the norms of their society by committing what society deemed a “sin.” Sin is represented as a major theme in both novels because the sinful actions that the women and men…

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