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One of Americas greatest writers Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote on many philosophical issues that he viewed during his own time It is quite ironic that he wrote his works hundreds of years ago and the issues that plagues mankind then still plague mankind today In the opening chapter of The Scarlet Letter the narrator says A writer of story-books What kind of a business in lifewhat mode of glorifying God or being serviceable to mankind in his day and generationmay that be Why the degenerate fellow might as well have been a fiddler Such are the compliments bandied between my great-grandsires and myself across the gulf of time And yet let them scorn me as they will strong traits of their nature have intertwined themselves with mine Hawthorne 26 When the author begins to talk about his grandsires he is talking about the problems of the past which havent gone away in the time between his life and his grandsires death In his shorts stories Young Goodman Brown and The Birth-Mark in particular and in his famous novel The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne discusses many issues based on the ideas of morality during the Puritan colonial period in America However after review all of these issues lead to a single main idea Human beings through their acts and thoughts are by nature imperfect In Hawthornes novel The Scarlet Letter human beings try to be perfect by implementing morals and laws but some people stray away from these rules of society thus proving imperfection Hester is a prime example of imperfect However throughout the story many different reactions to the scarlet letter take place by the towns people First they are appauled by it as adultery in the Puritan age was not only a crime but an act of blasphemy As illustrated in the following passage Behold verily there is the woman of the scarlet letter and of a truth moreover there is the likeness
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