The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

1528 Words Oct 29th, 2015 7 Pages
As the noble Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those who would trade in their freedom for their protection deserve neither” (Franklin). Often times, a safe and organized society requests the sacrifice of individual freedoms. For instance, laws including traffic regulations and illegality of suicidal acts are established to ensure a society in which can run effectively. Although society is responsible for taking action towards prevention of corruption within the community, there should be a fine line drawn between personal and civil activities. The Scarlet Letter, a romantic novel composed by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a tragedy exploring the subject and issues of Puritan order, as well as the conflicts involving individual and society. The novel’s main character, Hester, commits the sin of adultery, and must undergo the judgement of society and development of character. In modern society, adultery is seen as a violation of the relationship between two people, and therefore, a private matter. However, in Puritan society, adultery was noticed as a violation of the relationship between two people and the community. While many critics argue that the Scarlet Letter’s protagonist Hester Prynne serves as a victimized figure who is not rebellious of the law’s conformities but has a capability of causing destruction to society, she can best be labeled as a heroine with qualities of courage, independence, and compassion because of her role placed against society, perseverance through the…

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