The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

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The seventh commandment of the Ten Commandments states “Thou shalt not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14).
Adultery, according to the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, is “voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man and someone other than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her husband.” Some people may think that adultery is only an occurrence in the 21st century, but it also occurred frequently in the 1600s as well. For example, in The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, a novel that was set in the 17th century tells the story of Hester Prynne who was convicted of adultery with a man named Reverend Dimmesdale. Even though adultery seems to be the most important theme throughout the novel,
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These literary elements help make the novel into one of the most profound written pieces of literature of its time.
The author of The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, was born into a Puritan family, as was Hester Prynne, in the city of Salem Massachusetts on July 4, 1804. Hawthorne never fully had a male head-figure in his life because at the age of four, Hawthorne’s father died in Surinam. His dad worked full-time as a ship-captain. One of Hawthorne’s fore-fathers was a judge in the Salem Witch Trials. Hawthorne shunned his family because of their involvement in the Salem Witch Trials by adding the “w” in what should have been his last name, Hathorne. Adding the “w” characterizes the relationship between Hester and the letter “A”. Hester knew that she could not run away from the past, but Hawthorne let this problem torment him for the rest of his life. Hawthorne, for the majority of his adult life, had to deal with the self-imposed guilt of shunning his own family, which he reflected in the characters of Reverend Dimmesdale, and Robert Chillingworth. Hawthorne came across the files of Hester Prynne while working as a surveyor at the Salem Custom-House. These files triggered Hawthorne to write The Scarlet Letter. The years following the publication of The Scarlet Letter were probably the happiest years of his life. At one
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