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Scarlet Letter Paper Nathaniel Hawthorne is an author that most certainly did not belong in the Puritan Age but rather in the Transcendentalist time period Hawthorne wrote the Scarlet Letter as an allegory to ask the question What is sin Hawthornes main focus of writing The Scarlet Letter as an allegory was to point out that the puritans were so focussed on sin and what people did wrong that they lost sight of how to atone for that sin Because of the novels allegorical nature Hawthorne develops three distinct As each pertaining to a different character The society places a very obvious A on Hester Pearl becomes the scarlet letter and Dimmesdale has a mysterious A upon his chest representing his guilt In The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne carefully interweaves the letter A with Hesters unparalleled pride the physical and symbolic value of Pearl and Dimmesdales mental and physical atrophy as a result of his guilt Hester Prynne indubitably stands out in the community on many levels The puritan community in The Scarlet Letter believed that making Hester wear the scarlet letter A on her chest would be a punishment for her sin The letter is the physical manifestation of her adulterous sin and upon seeing Hester the community only sees a sinner Hawthorne wrote in chapter two in regards to Hester The unhappy culprit sustained herself as best a woman might under the heavy weight of a thousand unrelenting eyes all fastened upon her and concentrated at her bosom He describes Hester as sustaining herself proving that even in a time of intense scrutiny she retains a unique self-composure With all the public humiliation Hester faced daily she couldve completely left the city and disowned Pearl but instead she makes the choice to alienate herself and her daughter from the community This choice to remain a part of the community although separated physically from it shows Hesters individuality Finally Hester uses
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