The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

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Scarlet Letter Essay

In the sixteenth century Puritans traveled to the new world from England to escape the shackles of British rule. When the Puritans had finally arrived, they were able to begin a new chapter of their lives along with openly practicing their Puritan religion. Nathaniel Hawthorne, a nineteenth century writer, used his opinions and curiosity of these people to write The Scarlet Letter. In this novel Hawthorne illustrates the austere punishment and beliefs of the Puritan society; he does so through the protagonist of the story, Hester Prynne. She proves to be an extremely dynamic character throughout the novel due to the many events and changes she faces. Hester undergoes three main changes, from being a chastised woman, to an able woman, and lastly to a rehabilitated woman. Hester Prynne, an English woman and the wife of Roger Chillingworth, was forced to live in this puritanical society of the new world while Chillingworth finished his business in Amsterdam. She was alone for many years and is introduced to the audience when Hawthorne writes, “stepped into the open air...it seemed to be her first impulse to clasp the infant closely to her bosom...as that she might thereby conceal a certain token...fastened into her dress” (45-46). In this first scene the people of the Puritan town that Hester lives in are punishing her for her sin of adultery. She is forced to wear the letter “A” on her bosom, and stand on a scaffold in the town for hours with her child…

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