Essay about The Scarlett Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The development of America as we know it today has come to be due to many series of distinct time periods and people. The famous novel The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a dramatized representation of the unique aspects of one specific time period and group of people, the Boston Massachusetts Bay Colony Puritans in the 17th century. As his ancestors lived amongst these colonists, Hawthorne portrays their lives with criticism and irony. He provides a look into the ways in which their claimed beliefs failed to influence their society and actions. In the year 1630, a group of English Puritans set sail from London to Massachusetts. This was a journey of freedom, hope, and escape, for the governmental changes occurring in their homeland was not favorable to their religious beliefs. Many church leaders began to take up occupations in the government and to the Puritans, this “appeared too reminiscent of a popish clerical authoritarianism,” (Duinen 192). The Puritans saw that the Church of England’s power and influence only seemed to be growing and they felt that it was losing its values of strictly serving God. They wished to create their own form of government based upon “purely” serving God and others. However, it became a well known fact that the colony was beginning to grow in a way that was similar to the reasons the Puritans had left. They seemed to be elevating their own appointed authoritative leaders on a level beyond which they believed was biblical. Nathanial…

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