The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

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The Scarlet Letter
Thinking about the 17th century typically conjures about modern science and all the discoveries that were made during that time, with all this modern science and inventions, religion was still number one on the list. Religion was the essence of society at that time. Following the religious belief and not committing any sins. The people in the 17th century believed that religion was the solution to everything and it was a must to follow it. In the novel “The Scarlet Letter” written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, showcases the universal truth that humans during the 17th century, were receptive to ideas and ideology of religion ultimately leading to conflict.
Religion was a really important aspect in the 17th century’s culture as it is evident in the novel. During that time, individuals who did not follow the religious belief was considered an outcast to society. There was no toleration in matters of religion. A quote by Frederick to an emphasis on this point is that; “ All religions must be tolerated for every man must get to heaven his own way.” In this quote, it shows that religions must be “tolerated” in other words, accepted or believed in, which brings us back to the idea that people had in the 17th century which is basically following the belief of religion, “ Must get to heaven his own way.” Should be how the person could go to heaven. This quote showcases that religion was a huge deal, that someone must follow. In the novel, it represents the same issue…

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