The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

1124 Words Dec 8th, 2015 5 Pages
While rather strict, demanding, and often arbitrary rules and standards for society set by the public and the media simply pales in comparison to the tyrannical standards of the puritan population during the time of Hester Prynne. It was the social constructs erected by the puritans during the 17th century were very different and much less lax than their modern counterparts. This difference is due largely due to the advancing media and its ability to gather, mingle, and send public views and opinion on a rapid and widespread scale to the general public. However, the media is in no means a good entity. While it has helped humanity further itself in many ways, the media can also be a source for some of the most harmful instances of shame and injustice through . Society in the 17th-18th century was definitely odd, especially in the newfound colonies of America. Everyone had been instilled with a sense of prejudice through societal constructs and in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, It is most notably the mistress Hester Prynne who tends to be at the receiving end of this. Hester has been graciously spared from execution by the loving and heartfelt puritan magistrates for the heinous crime of adultery. Instead of being sentenced to hang, Hester was forced to wear a mark of shame for the remainder of her natural life. Because of the current puritan society and worldviews it is quite possible Hester would have preferred the hangman’s noose as opposed to the unbearable…

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