The Puritans in the Boston town wanted severe punishment for Hester’s infidelity. Many wanted her executed for her actions, while another suggests branding her with a hot iron. “‘The magistrates are God-fearing gentlemen, but merciful overmuch,—...
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...ceived the complete opposite reaction than Hester was subjected too. He was actually praised for his doing, claiming that his actions were used to teach everyone that “we are all sinners alike”. They regarded his actions as a mistake rather than a crime, while they held Hester to the upmost punishment. Nobody questioned Dimmesdale’s capability to be a reverend after word got out that he was the father, while Hester wasn’t allowed to make bridal garments due to her “dirty” hands. Something needs to be done to ensure woman that it is not simply their “fault” for getting pregnant as so many people seem to think it is. Whether it’s educating the public, or simply offering single mothers the support they truly deserve. Because if a woman is raising a child on her own after the father leaves the picture, they deserve the upmost respect for playing the role of both parents.
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