Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel “The Scarlet Letter” depicts a young woman, Hester Prynne, who committed adultery and bears a daughter, Pearl, because of the sin. Hester Prynne is then punished for her actions by being forced to wear the scarlet letter “A” by the community. This punishment produces many relationships between Hester and the community such as isolation, being a criminal, dependency, and the feeling of each other’s sin. Hawthorne’s first portrayal of the relationship between Hester and the community is the isolation of Hester Prynne. First of all, the isolation is shown through where Hester lives in Boston. Hester resides in a cottage that is placed between the town and the wilderness showing the physical isolation between her a townspeople. Her cottage “had been built by an earlier settler, and abandoned…” (84) and it’s “…comparative remoteness put it out of the sphere of that social activity…” (84) which allowed Hester to be out of the community’s way. In addition, Hester feels like she is isolated to this community located in Boston. Hester was allowed to leave Boston and go wherever she pleased, but “she said to herself, had been the scene of her guilt, and here should be the scene of her earthly punishment” (84). Hester Prynne then made the decision to stay in the community and serve out her punishment among her fellow peers. Furthermore, Hester Prynne is isolated completely by the community itself. The community avoids Hester and makes her an outcast,…
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