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Analysis Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

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Nadia Innab
Mrs. Mogilefsky
English 3 AP
31 August 2015
The Scarlet Letter Questions
1. One of the author’s purposes in delivering this literary piece to the public is to expose the hypocrisy of society. For example, when Hester chooses to accept her Scarlet Letter instead of wear it with shame, society looks at her as if there was something wrong with her conscience. Hawthorne states, “This morbid meddling of conscience with an immaterial matter betokened, is to be feared, no genuine and steadfast penitence, but something doubtful, something that might be deeply wrong, beneath” (Hawthorne 77). When Hester decides to use her needle work as a way to express herself and try to create a new identity with her letter, society thinks that there is something wrong with her, even though they were the ones who made her wear the Scarlet Letter. Another purpose of the novel is to show how easily society can isolate an individual just because of a mistake they made or a difference in their character. Hester Prynne deals with being an outcast after she made a mistake. First, she is sentenced to prison, and she is extremely isolated in her cell. Then, when Hester leaves the prison she is consistently judged and made felt different than the rest of society. Even though Hester is considered an outcast in society, she embraces it and continues to live her life as best she can.
2. Hawthorne’s tone in the novel is direct, yet disconnected. He is direct in a way that he is to the point and is
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