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The Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a novel that takes place in a Puritan community during the middle of the seventeenth century The story is about a woman named Hester Prynne who has an affair with a man by the name of Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale This occurred after her husband inexplicably failed to join her in Boston after their emigration to American from Europe Hester soon gives birth to a child and is from then on condemned by her fellow townspeople This condemnation consists of the town forcing her to wear an A upon her bosom Throughout the book the letter A takes various shapes and forms for different people The first person for whom the letter A takes shape for is Hester Prynne For Hester the A can represent adulteress ashamed artist able armor and alienation An adulteress is someone who commits adultery voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a partner other than the lawful spouse Hester commits adultery when she engages in sexual intercourse with Reverend Dimmesdale a man who is not her husband Her deed is found out when Hester becomes pregnant a task not possible by her husband since he had been missing for some odd number of years The term adulteress is placed down on her as a punishment for going against the puritan ways and having intercourse with a man other than her husband The A is supposed to be used as a form of punishment but Hester does not see it that way The town places the A upon her bosom because it is meant to be a symbol of shame but instead it becomes a more powerful symbol of identity to Hester The letters meaning shifts as time passes Sparknotes 7 They wanted her to be ashamed of what she has done To the puritans adultery is a very high crime and in most cases would get a penalty of death but because
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