Scarlet Letter Symbolism

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Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author of The Scarlet Letter, was born July 4, 1804. Hawthorne was born in Salem, Oregon and spent his years growing up in Salem and also spent time during his teenage years in Raymond, Maine. Salem was famous for its witch trials from 1692 to 1993. The Puritan community came to the United States to escape persecution from England. At the time, the world looked down upon writers and other artists. There was also his Puritan heritage that let him grow and search for himself. At the same time, his writing was fiction and it was frowned upon to use God’s humans for his entertainment. Nathaniel Hawthorne died at the age of 59 on May 19, 1894 in Plymouth.
The novel is set in Boston during the mid 17th century. The Puritan community is the main location. Different areas of the town such as the jail, have meaning to them. The novel uses the scaffolding all throughout the novel to show the important scenes of the book. A person’s fate is ultimately decided there, like how Hester Prynne's fate was determined. The Scarlet Letter is a dark and sorrowful novel within the setting of this strict Puritan community who has shunned this woman and her child. The setting is important to the novel because of the world of the Puritans freedom from sin. They came from England to the New World to become pure and free from those against them in England. This Puritan community was to be a fresh start, but Hester Prynne ruined it for them, spreading her sins to the town.
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