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Throughout time religion in society has played a major role in the lives of thepeople Religion has shaped peoples own morals as well as the laws for which thegovernment has established societys fundamentals of living Hawthorne links religionand law in his book The Scarlet Letter and shows his readers that society has shapedtheir rules by their religion and beliefs He tells how important the church is to thepeople how the view of predestination enters the lives of the people as well as showingsocietys religious views on punishing for the breaking of laws During the puritan time period a big part of the lives of most people was thechurch They believed that by going to church and by creating a society that revolvedaround God that they would have a fulfilling life Most societies held many ofcommunity events and functions that were sponsored by the church The church played avery big role in setting the goal of a town to revolve around the church This holds truein Hawthorns novel He set a society around a minister that was looked up to by thepeople and was supported by the government in his decision and his actions Most of thepeople in the town attend church on a regular basis except for the ones that the people ofthe town considered to be odd or weird The people of the town set them as outcast andconsider them to be the main sinners and not sorry for their sins What they do not knowis that their minister Dimmsdale carries around a secret throughout the book that tears athis soul He himself is too a sinner and because of his position in the community he cannot confess his sin publicly that he is the one that had the affair with Hester If he tookresponsibility for his actions his life would have been ruined His title as minister wouldhave been taken from him an he would have been condemned and judge for his behavior
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