Essay The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

854 Words Aug 31st, 2014 4 Pages
If one chooses to go the biblical route, the first sin was committed by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. For that, they were banished and given labors; in their footsteps is what all of mankind has been following since. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne suffers the same sentence that Adam and Eve suffered. Not only does she feel disconnected from society and is essentially banished, she trudges through the labors of single motherhood, including her world spinning around her only companion and her necessities taking a back seat to the needs of others. An abundance of sins or one major sin can lead to guiltiness and bitterness, which in turn, suffocates all the glamor of socializing out of a person. Hester Prynne is a prime example of sins pushing people into becoming recluses. The community shuns Hester which in turn, she accepts and begins her descent into isolation. In primary grades, students “shun the nonbeliever”, however, this shunning pales in comparison to Hester’s shunning dealt by the community. “Every gesture, every word, and even the silence of those with whom she came in contact, implied, and often expressed, that she was banished, and as much alone as if she inhabited another sphere, or communicated with the common nature by other organs and senses than the rest of human kind” (80). The crystal clear depiction of Hester’s struggle with society draws readers into the obvious frigidness Hester would hold in her heart. With that style…

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