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Joseph K Hart once said No child can escape his communityThe life of the community flows about him foul or pure he swims in it goes to sleep in it and wakes to the new days to find it still about him He belongs to it it nourishes or starves him or poisons him it gives him the substance of his life Community plays a large role in everyones life Pearl and Hester of The Scarlet Letter LeAlan Jones Lloyd Newman Eric Morse and his killers of Ghetto Life 101 and Remorse and the rest of the world The four aspects of community are neighborhood peers or friends family and faith Although as an individual a person shapes their own identity nevertheless the community that the person lives in plays a significant role in their actions beliefs and decisions Hester Prynnes neighborhood greatly influenced her identity Although she had already grown up her personality changed greatly after the labeling of her sin adultery Hesters town was very strict with the punishment of sins and the citizens frowned upon many things Public displays of a persons crime were common Some may think that the simple task of wearing a scarlet letter is no big deal but try to raise a child who questions almost everything while wearing the letter Her town branded Hester for all that saw her to know of her sin Before the trial and the standing on the scaffold Hester was viewed as a nice pretty young puritan woman whom no one would really expect of committing this adulterous act The frowns the scoffs the casual comments the seclusion the whispers of rumors being passed around town all of these would lead a person to change their lifestyle For fear of these Hester kept herself and her child secluded and for fear of making her town more angry with her she did not put herself out in the open for attack Strangely enough
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