The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

1198 Words Nov 25th, 2014 5 Pages
Many people think that society has moved on from puritan like rules, social standards, as well as qualities that happened, shown in The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. But it has not. Today is almost as it was nearly 400 years ago, with the same judgment and hypocrisy passed on people who may have “sinned” or have not held to other people’s standards, which those people may not even keep themselves. The puritan religion was ideally about being as pure as one could be. But in almost all parts of their society, there were examples of this hypocrisy such as in the Scarlet Letter, with Hester. Hester was judged by others who had no right to judge her. People who were members of this religion were encouraged to abstain from doing anything that might promote or cause sin. There were many different sins that they could have committed. Anything from lying to killing to gossiping was considered a sin to them, each with a different punishment. Such as in the Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne committed adultery, therefore she had to wear an A on her chest for the rest of her life. There was a certain amount of injustice here, as there is in every society and religion. Here, she thought her husband died, so she had a child with another man. The people who gave her this punishment were very unjust because this is, or can be, overeating to something very simple. Judgment also goes along with injustice. Anything in the Scarlet Letter can be judgment from them condemning her, to their…

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