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PAPER No 1 In my paper I would like to respond to Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter and to Frederick Douglass Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave Even though these two novel werent written in the same century both have a very important common thread Their protagonists are both outcasts in their surrounding society isolated and despised as well as both are having a huge challenge in life attaining their potential and goals by the use of their sheer strong will and belief Hawthorne is interested in showing the consequences of human behavior and the consequences of the human choice whereas Douglass wants to open the 19th centurys societys eyes bywith his biography in order to change the current circumstances and push forward the fight against the brute slavery in North America Hester Prynne Hawthornes main character lives in the 17th century Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony where religion is the foundation for law and society As a sinner who gives birth to an illegitimate child she has to wear the public token of her sin the letter A right on her chest Being the subject of the societys humiliation she is condemned for her sin living in isolation and with the contempt of the Puritan society After Hester is released from prison she is free and has the opportunity to leave the colony and go someplace else take the scarlet letter off her chest and start a whole new life However she chooses to stay Somehow she feels guilt and is assuming the role as a part of a martyr her punishment Furthermore she obviously doesnt want to leave the father of her child the man she loves Being so accustomed
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