The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

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Love is misunderstood and is oddly compared with sin, creating confusion within the Puritan Society, manipulating how they react and punish their community. The Puritans do not take into consideration how an outcast may influence society for the better or revolutionize societal norms. In The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the society is shaped by their conception of love and human nature. The Puritans have no idea what true human nature and love feels like, and therefore their society has not been shaped at all. Society lacks the knowledge of where the feeling of love will take them and some believe they will not understand love unless they have committed a “sin.” Society is not certain whether their actions will be deserving of punishments or happiness in return so they choose to completely disown a member of the community who has experimented with a sin-like act. With this misconception, love causes people, like Hester, to be vulnerable among the Puritan society in the 17th-century and unfortunately also leads to confusion over what it is like to lead a life filled with happiness. Instead of ignoring Hester and love, the secondary source article, Engaging Urban Learners in Reading “The Scarlet Letter”, written by Sandra Whitaker, suggests society must fully take the time to understand a character’s intentions and background and come to terms with their responsibility to listen to its citizens. Through the study of how society views outcasts, and the…

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