Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

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Nathaniel Hawthorne was in his mid-twenties when he published Mrs. Hutchinson in 1830. He referenced this story and its main character in his famous novel The Scarlet Letter, which was published two decades later.
Many literary critics attribute Mrs. Hutchinson (and The Scarlett Letter) to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s disdain towards his own ancestry’s history. The highly Puritan thinking of the time led to many persecutions, particularly of women who behaved differently from what was expected of them by the patriarchal society. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ancestors led such persecutions. William Hathorne, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630, was a magistrate who persecuted Quakers, while John Hathorne was a Puritan judge who tried and
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The townspeople gravely disliked her because of this, and the leaders ultimately forced her to silence.
Other characters in the story include Vane the youthful governor and old man Cotton. Hugh Peters is also in the story and was described as “full of holy wrath, and scarce containing himself from rushing forward to convict her damnable heresies.” The supreme civil tribunal is also present, at which “the most eminent of the clergy” were a part of, “and appear to have taken a very active part as witnesses and advisers.”
Plot Summary
Anne Hutchinson travelled to Massachusetts in the early 1600s. Here, she shared her thoughts on religion with the townspeople. She used the Bible to prove that the leaders of the Puritan Church, the “unregenerated and uncommisioned men,” have led the people astray. She spoke about how these men have fooled and pulled everyone away from the true path to Heaven.
The townspeople did not receive Anne Hutchinson’s opinions with warmth. They thought that she was spreading heresy. The supreme civil tribunal called upon her to appear before them so that they could question her claims. Anne Hutchinson stood her ground and answered each question with confidence. She continued to use the Holy Book to support her claims. Soon, the supreme civil tribunal realized that they could not outdo her strong convictions. She exuded strength and power that threatened the order that the Puritan Church have built long before her arrival.
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