The Scarlet Letter Analysis Essay

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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, published in 1850, is a classical American literature novel. It is a story that takes place in the puritan town of Boston, Massachusetts during the seventeenth century. The novel tells the story of a woman, Hester Prynne, who commits a crime and is severely punished by the Puritan community which she lives in. The crime is so atrocious and condemned by the Puritans that they sentence her to a life of isolation. The story follows her decisions and warring struggles of her everyday life and that of those she loves. Hester must decide between carrying the burden and punishment of the crime she committed or lightening her sentence by sharing the guilt and blame with the one she loves. Hester Pryne’s …show more content…
The Puritans sentence her to prison and to wearing an “A” on her chest for adulterer. Hester Prynne in the eyes of the Puritan community committed an act of sin, corruption, and immorality, but in her own perspective it was an act of love. She has feelings for the reverend and cares deeply for him that it does not seem wrong or immoral to love him or for her to have been intimate with him. While in the eyes of the puritan Hester had sex out of marriage and then gave birth to a child out of wedlock in her own eyes she and the reverend were making love and simply two people enjoying the companionship of one another. Her daughter Pearl might be seen as sin itself and born of impurity, but to Hester she was the creation of a beautiful loving union and the hope and possibility of a new beginning and not a lonely life. Hester Prynne only views her child and her act of adultery as “wrong” because in the Puritan community and code of conduct it is wrong and because she lives there it means she must be condemned and justified to their mindset. In the puritan community Hester has committed a great crime that is deserving of the cruelest punishment : a lonely life filled of hate and isolation. The Puritans make it their life mission to belittle, degrade, and cast away Hester from their community, but not enough for her to forget that they

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