Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter, Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms and Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Many people face many conflicts in their everyday life against society, their peers, and even themselves. Despite this common similarity among all, every person handles the same situation differently. While most individuals would make their choices based on society’s expectation, others would take unconventional actions in order to solve their problems. This idea is seen in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, and Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Through their rebellious nature to deviate from their roles forced upon them by society, Hester Prynne, Lieutenant Henry, and Huckleberry Finn all use unorthodox measures in order to solve their conflicts. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter, Hester defies the status society has given to her by embracing her sin and digressing from a typical Puritan woman. Hester was ridiculed on the stand in front of her peers for having an affair while her husband was away, resulting in a child. Located in 16th Century Puritan colony, Hester’s punishment for adultery would have been immediate execution. Instead, after being humiliated and casted aside as an adulteress, Hester was branded with an A on her chest and forced to live on the outskirts of the colony in exile. Despite the pessimistic future that Hester beholds, Hester attempts to cope with the isolation, even though “lonely as was Hester’s situation, and without a friend on earth who dared to show himself, she,

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