The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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If we look at the setting in The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, it is a 1600s puritan settlement in New England. This particular place is the Massachusetts Bay Colony, where, as depicted in The Scarlet Letter, is bound by the strict rules of the Puritans. We can see that internal struggle is planted in people’s minds because of their punishment, and specifically, Hester Prynne. We can see that Hester’s punishment, however, has helped her internally to become a better, independant person who has control over her life. Through specific examples, the character of Hester Prynne can be analyzed through the course of The Scarlet Letter. We see that the physical manifestation of Pearl, the scarlet letter, her conversations and how they each show more of Hester’s self, all are from Hester’s internal struggle with the punishments she faces, and how she is steadily overcoming them. Through these ways, Hester struggles with herself because she is always being given a constant reminder of her sin. To make matters worse, she has to cope with not telling people the truth about who her partner was. She would not say it was Dimmesdale, which would probably make her life easier if she did. If she had, they could have coped with it together, and made it a lot better. In the book, it tells readers how bad it is for Dimmesdale to not spill the beans -- but it never really goes into much depth about how bad it is for Hester and with her internal struggle because of her punishment.
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