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The Tragedy of an Unintentional PregnancyUnintentional pregnancies have forever haunted the lives of teenagers throughout this country In The Scarlet Letter a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne a parallel is drawn to these unwanted pregnancies through the character of Hester Prynne Hester a middle-aged adult commits the sin of adultery in her small Puritan community For a long period of time Hester is renounced by the other citizens of the community for her sin Though she was not a teenager at the time of her sin we can see some of the same things happen to Hester that would most likely happen to a teenager if she became pregnant Each day that she lived her life after her sin Hester received daily reminders not only from the other citizens but from her punishment of what she had done As her punishment demanded she wore a scarlet letter A so fantastically embroidered and illuminated upon her bosom This was a constant reminder of what she had done Teenage parents also have a constant reminder their child As happens with the teenagers child Hesters letter A had the effect of a spell taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity and enclosing her in a sphere by herself This often happens with teenage parents They find themselves alone as Hester was with nowhere to turn An unwanted pregnancy also plays with their heads as well Shortly after the sentencing Hester received for her crime her mental well-being was in great jeopardy She had been removed from the jail for her public humiliation and after her return to the prison Hesterwas found to be in a state of nervous excitement that demanded constant watchfulness After a teenage pregnancy mothers are often in a state of partial insanity mostly due to the great trauma that they have just experienced Unfortunately some mothers of an unwanted child must be watched as Hester was lest she should perpetrate violence on herself
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