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Theme Of Judgement In The Scarlet Letter

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The Rise and Fall of Judgment Judgment can be the the greatest plague of society. Judgment kripples acceptance, forward growth and blinds entire communities. Though in retrospect plagues are necessary, as is judgment. Without judgment humanity would be blind to people's character exposing them dangerous risks unstable people present. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne , Hester dealt with the judgment repercussions of adultery. Her sin caused society's judgment of her to rise and fall, in tandem producing negative and positive effects for Hester. Throughout the novel the Puritan community shifts their views of Hester. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, judgment that plagued Hester as a result of her sin evolved and shifted the communities views of her.…show more content…
Not only did they judge her harshly privately, but they judged her publicly as well. A old hag in the crowd while Hester was leaving the prison heeded “This women has brought shame upon us all, and ought to die.” (Hawthorn 36) There abrasive amounts of judgment in part stems from their fear on how Hester actions reflect on the puritan society as a whole. The community also viewed Hester with the slightest bit of pity and during her first experience of public shaming “The scene was not without a mixture of awe, such as must always invest the spectacle of guilt and shame in a fellow-creature” (Hawthorn 39) Even though much of the society was blinded by their overpowering waves of judgment, many felt a small bit sorry for Hester situation. The puritan society was riddled with corruption and sins much worse than Hester's, making Hester's punishment hit close to home with many of the community. Hester's sliver of relatability allows the community to grow warmer feelings for her as time wears
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