Essay on The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

1926 Words Mar 15th, 2016 8 Pages
→ 1. AGREE or DISAGREE: Hawthorne made it clear that, by the end of the book, the Puritans had learned something from Hester’s punishment. Why or why not? I firmly believe that in his novel, The Scarlet Letter, the author Nathaniel Hawthorne developed the idea that the Puritans had not learned something from Hester 's punishment. The first method that Hawthorne employed to build the concept that the Puritans had not learned something from Hester 's punishment was to describe how the Puritans began to readmit Hester in their society. The author states "Hester Prynne did not now occupy precisely the same position in which she beheld her during the earliest periods of her ignominy." (Hawthorne, 145). The reader can clearly see that Hawthorne attempted to describe that the Puritans were going against their religious beliefs by allowing Hester to become involved in community affairs and transactions. A secondary means of developing the concept that the Puritans had not learned from Hester 's punishment is demonstrated through Hawthorne 's description of who was Hester 's partner which is provided at the end of the novel. Hawthorne stated, "Let me now do the will which He hath made plain before my sight. For, Hester, I am a dying man. So let me make haste to take my shame upon me." (Hawthorne, 227). Clearly, the book demonstrates that the Puritans had not believed that their minister could have been Hester 's partner and Pearl 's father. It does not state if any other ministers…

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