The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter Puritan society had a very distinctive view of privacy. Peoples privacy, in our society, is often exploited by the media and word of mouth. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynnes’s private life was publicized by an entire town. Hester becomes an infamous sinner in a town where religion is enforced in your every-day life. Regardless of sex, any story of adultery that surfaces becomes the spotlight and the adulterers are ridiculed and stripped of their pride. The Scarlet Letter focuses on the fact that a woman committed adultery. This goes to show you that a sinful story involving a woman always interests more than a story that involves a mans intolerable actions. The entire town of Salem, Massachusetts overreacts to Hesters situation. Little do the towns people know that Hester had not seen her husband in three years and believed she would ne Continue...


Feeling degraded, Hester stands her ground and will not expose Dimmesdale, the true father of Pearl. The people of Salem will not accept Hesters private lifestyle so they look at her in a condescending way and make outrageous assumptions that Hester Prynne is the devil. Women in Puritan society are looked upon as inferior, so ofcourse when a woman commits a sin its a public affair. Everyone is interested in the privacy of others. Hester and Pearls chance at a happy life is shot when the story of her committing adultery breaks. The respect of peoples privacy is a lost concept in Salem, Massachusetts. Hester truly is in love with Dimmesdale and she will take their secret to the grave if she had to. It is guaranteed that ,in Salem, Massachusetts in the puritan era, a black mark in your private life will be exposed and you will be haunted for the rest of your life because of it. Humiliating herself, Hester stood at the scaffold and refused to reveal who the father of Pearl is. Hester is branded to wear the scarlet letter "A, a sign of sin and humiliation, on her chest for as long as she lives. Hester is torn between her husband and her love. Aware of the consequences of what will happen to Dimmesdale, Hester keeps their secret. Meanwhile, Hesterslong lost husband, who now goes by the name Roger Chillingworth, appears in Salem and shakes things up.