The most famous of all punishments would be the scarlet letter placed on the breast or shoulder of a person who committed a crime. The letter is portrayed as a scarlet A placed on the breast of Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter. The novel does not go into detail as to whether or not letters were used for any other crimes in Hawthorne 's creation of what Puritan life would have been like. His description of the letter and how it work very closely followed how Puritan’s treated those who had committed a crime. “Several New England communities passed laws requiring adulterers to wear letters signifying their crime” (Mays, 2004). The accused were forced to wear letters describing their crime (adultery, stealing, drunkenness, and many other crimes) as punishment. The color and le...
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...system into a comedic entity. Based on the information presented throughout the novel, it does seem to be a believable representation of what Puritan life would have been like. In terms of Hester Prynne 's life, her punishment and her future actions appear to follow what a person in her situation during this time period would have done. The inaccuracies in this novel did not involve Hester at all, only the actions of her partner in adultery did not seem to be accurate. Dimmesdale’s actions did not follow what actually would have happened. This is one of the biggest inaccuracies throughout the novel and in terms of whether or the novel is believable, this affects it’s accuracy. All in all for the accuracy and believability of a work of fiction, The Scarlet Letter is as accurate as it could be and for the average reader it appears believable and historically accurate.
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