The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

1074 Words Nov 15th, 2016 5 Pages
The Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, set in the time period of 1642, is about a young women by the name of Hester Prynne who had a baby with a preacher, who was not her husband. The people in her town send her to jail and later decided her punishment was to wear a scarlet letter “A”, for adultery, for the rest of her life. The day she is punished her husband, Roger Prynne, shows up in Boston, after he was believed to be dead for two years sailing from Europe to Boston. Roger Prynne convinces everyone that he is a doctor by the name of Dr. Roger Chillingworth and tries to kill the pastor for what he had done with his wife. The 1800’s was a time with many important highs and many tragic lows the had really shaped our country into what we 've become today. Hawthorne really has nothing good to say about Puritans and their society. He depicts them as very unforgiving and hypocritical people simply because no one is perfect and everyone has their own secrets. The Scarlet Letter tells the story of Hester Prynne, a young, recently married woman was sent to start a new life in America while her husband stayed in England. She was found to have a child with another man. Because she would not reveal the name of her lover after a trial, she is forced to wear a scarlet letter “A,” marking her as an adulteress. Not knowing, her husband was standing in the crowd who disapproves of her actions.
Hawthorne is playing the role of a historian because, even though this is a…

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