The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

1405 Words Oct 9th, 2014 6 Pages
Nathaniel Hawthorne is among many other greater writes of his time such as Edgar Allan Poe, Joyce Carol Oates, and many others. He has wrote many different pieces, however his most famous one is The Scarlet Letter. The Scarlet Letter remains popular today, it is taught in several different schools across the United States. There are even movies, such as “Easy A: that use the concept of adultery and the scarlet letter, based off of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, to make a comedy. However, today adultery is much more widely accepted in society than it was during the Puritan Era. During the time of the famous novel an adulterer could be tried and hung for the sin. It just so happened that the main character of “The Scarlet Letter”, Hester Prynne, was able to keep her life in exchange for serving time in prison, public humiliation, and forever wear an embroidered “A” on her chest. By wearing the “A” everybody was able to distinguish Hester from the rest of her community. It also openly showed the sin and crime she had committed for all to see. In The Scarlet Letter the scarlet letter “A” symbolizes many things that Hester Prynne is subject to wear, the three A’s: adultery, able, and alone. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the “A” Hester Prynne is forced to wear symbolizes the sin of adultery. In the beginning of the book Hawthorne introduces Hester at a prison. By this point she had already gone to trial and received her punishment for her sin. She had committed…

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