The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

1304 Words Apr 27th, 2016 6 Pages
In The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, many Puritan Laws are broken. Hawthorns story of sin and buried guilt, becomes a portrait of a tormented courageous women, and an inquiry into her chances of redemption. The protagonist of the novel, Hester Prynne is a young woman who commits many of the law breaking sins which put her in a place of despair and sorrow. It is a story of a woman dealing with her torment and dying to redeem herself. Throughout the novel Hawthorne tells the lifestyle of Puritan living and how going against these rules turn into cruel punishment. The ideal lifestyle of a Puritan is everyone should be just like each other and no one should have nice things. Evidently Hester does not follow this rule because she commits a sin that goes beyond Puritan lifestyle. Pearl, Hester, and Dimmesdale committee many sins against Puritan laws and beliefs that result in brutal punishment. Early Puritans and their relationship to sin enforced their self scrutiny, along with their need to exposer. Scrutiny was the first step towards control and was the absolute duty of all Puritans. In this time Puritan beliefs were very strict and straight forward. The society made it clear so that if one did something others did not approve of, it was considered immoral. Hester Prynne and her daughter, Pearl were put to punishment because Hester physically committed the sin of adultery and in result Pearl was born. Public displays of depravity and shaming…

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