In the setting of The Scarlet Letter, it is of the seventeenth century in Boston, Massachusetts, namely around the time of the Salem Witch Trails. This period of time plays an enormous part in the story for the ideals and mannerisms of these people, being Puritans. The Puritans are widely known for their zero-tolerant Catholic ways. They were held steadfast to their principles and left no room for error, and when error or any thing out of their social norm did show up it was deemed as evil and/or sinful. Hawthorne, in my opinion used this setting because many Puritans were hypocritical and did not like to see faults in themselves and even less in others. Within this society there is Hester Prynne, a young woman with child, who committed the crime of adultery, while her husband was away, and stands r...
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... through circumstance or deliberate fault one must look deeper into the person accused of a mistake or wrong-doing before they write them of as such. Nathaniel Hawthorne greatly prove many points, mainly that everyone makes bad choices and no one is perfect but if one looks into themselves they will see the same thing. Thus with that information it is vital not to judge so harshly and work together to correct mistakes. Through reading this novel a reader’s outlook on the characters has changed drastically. Characters that in the beginning may have been thought to be quite bad are now sympathized with and understood and those who seemed to lack fault are now seen with undeniable guilt. Hawthorne’s setting may have been in a different time period; however the reader can undoubtedly gain a new perspective on the judgmental ways of themselves and others and vice versa.
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