The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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When this book was given out, many people probably could not wait for it to be over. Friends, parents, even teachers talked about how hard it is to get through. In fact, the majority of people, including myself, wondered how teenagers living in the 21st century could possibly connect to this story. The typical teenager’s daily life revolves around getting lunch at Panera, studying for many tests in one day, and competing for the most amount of likes on Instagram. So how could a book about a girl who commits adultery and is ridiculed by her whole community for her actions possibly be related to? Believe it or not, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne has many themes that are still portrayed in today’s modern society. Some of these themes include acceptance within society, reputation based on previous actions, and how closely related revenge and guilt are to one another. The overall theme both in the novel and in real life regarding acceptance is that sometimes people do not accept things that cannot even be controlled. For example, in The Scarlet Letter, when Pearl was brought into the world, she had no idea that she was the result of Hester Prynne’s adultery. Because of this, she also did not know why the community and everyone around her treated her differently and like she did not belong in their society. She was often thought of as being the living symbol of the scarlet letter and she eventually got used to the constant glares and many interrogations from the
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