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Vengeance is a corrupter of both persons and societies When a society is based on religion it will find vengeance on its wrongdoers or outcasts in a way that is justified by its creed Societies such as this will also destroy or deeply hurt the people that their vengeance is directed toward Furthermore when a person lives in a society that is based on religion and wishes to find an outlet for feelings of hatred or jealousy he will find an outlet that can justify his actions A person such as this can also corrupt his society and others around him The Crucible and The Scarlet Letter are helpful novels in demonstrating this because they are both set in communities of devout faith and each displays corruption through vengeanceA more in-depth example of vengeance affecting a society is provided in The Scarlet Letter This revenge consists in publishing the sinners ignominy by public confession and physical branding Hester is first forced to stand in front of the town to bear her shame She is then made to wear the scarlet A for the rest of her life The people of this puritan settlement take obvious pleasure in watching her humiliation and the gossiping women that speak as Hester first leaves the jail show this It would be greatly for the public behoof if we women being of mature age and church-members in good repute should have the handling of such malefactresses as this Hester Prynne Hawthorne 48 They find obvious justification of this righteous and vengeful sentiment in their religion The gossips not only prove this but also reflect how eager this society is to punish people Such vengeance that is found in societies has a devastating effect on the individuals to whom it is directed Hester soon loses all of her womanly charm and enthusiasm for lifeIn an observation of persons in the same religious societies one may find that the same conjecture can
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