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The Scarlet Letter (Morals/Social Commentary/Theme)
Transcript of The Scarlet Letter (Morals/Social Commentary/Theme)
"Good" "Ethics" "Right" Immorality
"Opposite of morality" "Wrong" "Unethical" The way we think, act, and feel which is usually influenced by our cultures. Hester committed the sin of adultery, which was a very serious offense at that point in time. However, in our society it is not unusual to see such acts of adultery.
The novel reflects guilt, morality and the basis that one's up-bringings and cultures tend to influence how someone views a person's actions as either moral and immoral. The Scarlet Letter Puritanism Hawthorne's View on Puritanism
On Bellingham's walls are portraits of his forefathers who wear the stately and formal clothing of the Old World. Hawthorne says that, "All were characterized by the sternness and severity which old portraits so invariably put on; as if they were the ghosts, rather than the pictures, of departed worthies, and were gazing with harsh and intolerant criticism at the pursuits and enjoyments of living men."
Hawthorne presents the townsfolk as people who initially dislike Hester. Puritans judge quickly. The townsfolk call Hester a heretic and scorn her everytime she walks around town. However, the townsfolk still turn to Hester for her needle work and is given an important role of making clothes for the dead. After 7 years, the Puritans don't scorn her as much as they used to. Salem Witch Trials The first case was of a woman who was quickly convicted and hanged from a scaffold which came to be known as Witch’s Hill.
During the Salem Witch Trials, Puritans were very forgiving people; their courts reduced and suspended sentences. However, those who didn’t confess were likely to be hanged. If they did confess, they would escape death ONLY by providing details of their misdeeds and names of other people. Setting Middle of the Seventeenth Century in Boston, Massachusetts. Puritan Work Ethics:
Puritans believed that hard work, frugality, and prosperity were a display of a person's salvation in Christian faith. Social Commentary Act of using rhetorical means to provide commentary on issues in a society. The Scarlet Letter and Social Commentary:
Hawthorne provides the reader with commentary on how Puritans viewed these issues during this time and how matters were handled. The scarlet letter was a moral method of regulating conduct to teach Hester to follow the rules that bind the Puritan community. Hester is judged by the Puritan townspeople and seen as a woman who's transgressions outweigh their own errors.
Puritan women in Salem criticize Hester for embroidering her symbol of shame with care and flashiness. Acceptance was a action taken by Hester; She seems rather proud than ashamed and accepts the "sin" and the symbol as a part of her. THE END!
Jocelyn Figueroa A significant group of English Protestants in the 16th and 17th century. This group took distinctive views on many aspects of the society during this time. The only place Hester and Dimmesdale have freedom is in the forest. The forest is the only place where Hester appears to be content. Here, Hester lets her hair down, the sun shines on her and she even takes off her scarlet letter. Hester's home on the outskirts of town is the appropriate place for a marked woman because she is an outcast of the town. Hester is secluded from society for her sins so that she wouldn't affect the other children of the village.