The Scarlet Letter Compared to the 21st Century

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The Scarlet Letter compared to the 21st Century “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that”- Martin Luther King Jr. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a story that proves how far the love of a mother will go for their child. Hawthorne inspired a literature story that pushes the human soul past its own limits. The Scarlet Letter Demonstrates how the human spirit, in both Hester Prynne’s Puritan culture and in the lives of 21st century citizens is resilient. To begin, Nathaniel Hawthorne shows how morals in a human life can affect more than one person. A person could take it in many possible ways either being a negative or positive way. A negative way it could…show more content…
It’s a connection to the story because the mom didn’t want to leave her child even though the government wanted to deport her. Its’ a connection to story because it demonstrates how a mother defies law that everyone is supposed to go by just to try stay with her son because he is a big part of her life and doesn’t want to change it. The last example would be that a mother in Oklahoma shot two robbers to protect her child. She killed the men that tried to rob her family and she had the instinct to protect her young ones from any harmful actions that could have risked their safety. Hester Prynne risked her own life by being mocked each day by the community because she didn’t want to bring forward the father’s name out to public. Lastly, Hawthorne exhibits how no matter how much a person gets tormented they will always find a way that is stronger. Hester endures punishment after punishment to hold her secret in. A particular case that shows how much person can handle would be the holocaust. Jews were executed by man who was pure evil hearted and had twisted mind. “As the production of line of a slaughter-house, members of the SS… Put them to death with a shot through the base of the skull.” (William 31) Yet, they survived all the hardships they had to go through, they had to face gas chambers, labor camps, and being shot down when getting off trains. The holocaust was one of the most gruesome genocide Jews to gain power over a group of people who did not

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