Frederick Douglass- An American Slave

547 WordsJan 31, 20182 Pages
Society today reflects and is shaped by literature in many ways. By reading different works, readers can be influenced by different ideas. When a person is exposed to a variety of different ideas and concepts, they often times change the way that they think or go about daily life. For example, books like The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass gave people insight to what it was like to live a life of oppression, thus making people feel sympathetic for him. Society also reflects literature in that we see a lot of patterns repeated from books to everyday life. We see the reflection of The Scarlet Letter in society today by the way people still view adultery. In The Scarlet Letter, the women were seen as the more "impure" and "dirty" half of the two people engaging in adultery. In today's society, women continue to be treated more negatively than men regarding adulterous affairs. We see in The Scarlet Letter that although both Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale committed the same sin of adultery, Hester's public punishment was more important than finding the other adulterer. "Thus the young and pure would be taught to look at her, with the scarlet letter flaming on her breast,—at her, the child of honorable parents,—at her, the mother of a babe, that would hereafter be a woman, —at her, who had once been innocent, —as the figure, the body, the reality of sin." Hester Prynne, like many women of today's society, was treated more brutally than the male partner in her
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