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Religion in Society Throughout time religion in society has played a major role in the lives of the people Religion has shaped peoples own morals as well as the laws for which the government has established societys fundamentals of living Hawthorne links religion and law in his book The Scarlet Letter and shows his readers that society has shaped their rules by their religion and beliefs He tells how important the church is to the people how the view of predestination enters the lives of the people as well as showing societys religious views on punishing for the breaking of laws During the puritan time period a big part of the lives of most people was the church They believed that by going to church and by creating a society that revolved around God that they would have a fulfilling life Most societies held many of community events and functions that were sponsored by the church The church played a very big role in setting the goal of a town to revolve around the church This holds true in Hawthorns novel He set a society around a minister that was looked up to by the people and was supported by the government in his decision and his actions Most of the people in the town attend church on a regular basis except for the ones that the people of the town considered to be odd or weird The people of the town set them as outcast and consider them to be the main sinners and not sorry for their sins What they do not know is that their minister Dimmsdale carries around a secret throughout the book that tears at his soul He himself is too a sinner and because of his position in the community he can not confess his sin publicly that he is the one that had the affair with Hester If he took responsibility for his actions his life would
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