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In his novel The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne incorporates Puritanism into several themes of his work Individual vs Society The Nature of Evil and The Heart vs the Head The novel is set in the Puritan town of Boston in the 1700s Hester Prynne the protagonist is being persecuted for her crime of adultery and is forced to wear a scarlet A on her chest Hawthorne shows the reactions of the Puritans to Hesters sin and the strength of Hester as she overcomes the isolation and criticisms of others while still refusing to tell the identity of her lover The Puritan society revolved around the church and anyone who objected to the church was considered a sinner Hawthorne uses the morals expressed in Puritanism the deep development of his meaningful characters and a lot of symbolism to develop his themes of Identity vs Society The Nature of Evil and the Heart vs the Head in his work In The Scarlet Letter the theme of the Individual vs Society is displayed in the interactions of Hester Prynne and Governor Bellingham with the Puritan society The greatest example of the individual struggling against a powerful society is with Hester Prynne and her persecution Hester was a young woman who was married in Europe to an older man Her husband sent her ahead to settle in Boston but in the time she was there she got word that her husband had died Hester then sleeps with another man who she believes she is in love with She becomes pregnant then arrested and judged for her sin of adultery When she is accused Hester rebelled against the law of the society by refusing to admit that what she has does is a sin and by withholding the name of her lover Puritanism revolved around the church and the Bible puritans took the context of the Bible literally and thought that nothing beyond that existed and if it did it
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