The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Nathaniel Hawthorne is the author of the prodigious book entitled The Scarlet Letter. In The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne commits adultery with Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. Her husband, Roger Chillingworth, soon finds out about the incident after it becomes clear that she is pregnant. The whole town finds out and Hester is tried and punished. Meanwhile, Roger Chillingworth goes out then on a mission to get revenge by becoming a doctor and misprescribing Dimmesdale. He does this to torture Dimmesdale as a form of revenge. Hester is publicly punished and is contrived to wear a scarlet letter “A” on her bosom. This is how she was punished. This was a way to shame her and seclude her from society. Hester was forced to stand on a scaffolding and stare out over the people that were watching her with her scarlet letter “A” embroidered on her chest. Over time the scarlet letter “A” in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, acquired many meanings including adultery, able, and angel. The scarlet letter “A” originally meant adultery in Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter. Hester is made to wear the letter "A" once the town 's people see, that she committed adultery by bearing a child by some other soul than her husband Roger Chillingworth. Adultery was a sin and was sometimes punishable by death. Hester was lucky in this instance to only have to wear a scarlet letter “A” on her chest. This "A" was used as a form of punishment. What Hester did was prodigiously against
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