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
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
Feeling degraded, Hester stands her groundand will not expose Dimmesdale, the true father of Pearl. The people of Salem will not accept Hestersprivate lifestyle so they look at her in a condescending way and make outrageousassumptions 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 thestory of her committing adultery breaks. The respect of peoples privacy is a lost concept in Salem, Massachusetts. Hester trulyis in love with Dimmesdale and she will take their secret to the grave if she had to. It is guaranteed that ,inSalem, Massachusetts in the puritan era, a black mark in your private life will be exposedand you will be haunted for the rest of your life because of it. Humiliating herself, Hester stood at the scaffold andrefused 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 chestfor as long as she lives. Hester is tornbetween 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 thename Roger Chillingworth, appears in Salem and shakes things up.