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Hester Prynne Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter a dark tale of sin and redemptioncenters around the small Puritan community of Boston during the 17th century In the midst of this small community is Hester Prynne She is a woman that has defied the Puritans taken the consequences and in the end conformed with the Puritans It did however take great effort to settle down and become a women of honor again Hester Prynne through the eyes of the Puritans is an extreme sinner She has gone against the Puritan ways by committing Adultery The Puritans believed that Hester was a lost soul that could only be saved by sincere and thorough repentance For this irrevocably harsh sin she must wear a symbol of shame for the rest of her life From the beginning we see that Hester Prynne is a young and beautiful woman who has bought a child into the world with an unknown father Hester to the reader is obviously a woman who has violated a strict social and religious code but who has sinned in an affirmation of love and life The Puritans do not take her feelings into account They are people that take things as being right or wrong Committing adultery is seen as wrong in the Bible and therefore Puritans do not care of the circumstances The Puritans are grim forbidding people Nonetheless they have a degree of dignity and authority They lack sympathy and discrimination In their eyes all crimes are equal Hester is punished by the Puritan society by wearing the scarlet letter A on the bosom of her dress and standing on the weather darkened scaffoldp234 for three hours The Scaffold is a painful task to bear The townspeople have gathered around to gossip and stare at her They yell horrid things at her One matron screams At the very least they should have put the brand of hot iron to her forehead p59
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