Judgment In The Scarlett Letter

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The Scarlett Letter is an 1850 work of fiction written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The story is set up in the 17th century in Puritan Boston Massachusets and it mainly focuses on the life of a woman, Hester Prynne and how she struggles to gain respect from the community after having committed adultery. Throughout the book, themes such as sin, isolation, and judgment are explored. Hawthorne uses the theme of judgment to convey ideas about the strictness of the puritan society. This theme is explored from the beginning of the book up until the end. Hawthorne uses characters such as Dimmesdale, Pearl, and Hester to show this theme and the ways in which it impacts their lives. The theme of Judgment is evident in the first chapter when Hester was standing on the scaffold …show more content…

Because the woman asks if there is a law for her to die we are made aware of the fact that many people based their judgments on the law and that they didn't think on their own at all. However, not all the community is as strict, and one of the youngest women tries to stand up for Hester. This action supports Hawthorne's idea of women diminishment in roughness over generations. The young woman says: "Not a stitch in that embroidered letter but she has felt it in her heart" (41). This shows how she understood that Hester was judging herself harshly enough and that she barely cared about other's judgments towards her. Also, because this woman was not raised in such strict manners she was not blinded by the puritan laws and she was able to understand better Hester's condition. Apart from that, Hester is more independent because she doesn't rely on a husband and this creates a reason for this woman to admire and defend her. Pearl is another character who is subjected to judgment as a result of Hester’s sin. Indeed, many puritan mothers who are deep-rooted on their beliefs try to prevent their own children from playing with

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