The Scarlet Letter is focalized on the consequences of adultery for a female in Puritan society. A young woman, Hester Prynne, is punished for adultery that resulted in her daughter Pearl. Hawthorne describes the emotional impact of the punishment and how the Puritan society treats Hester afterwards. Hester Prynne is forced to stand on a scaffold in public and wear the letter “A” on her chest as a reminder of her sin. As seen in her punishment, the Puritan justice system is vastly unique from today’s modern justice system.
In the articles, “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Wonders of the Invisible World - Trial of Martha Carrier" by Cotton Mather, and "Model of Christian Charity” by John Winthrop, each author expresses the importance of unity and uses different methods. In the novel, Hester stands in front of a crowd determined to accuse her and force the scarlet letter, or fabric in the shape of an “A,” signifying “adulterer” on her. Previously, Hester married an older man, Chillingworth, who temporarily sent her to America. Meanwhile, she enters an affair with the Puritan minister Dimmesdale and births their child, Pearl. Hester lives with Chillingworth who eventually dies before Dimmesdale, causing her to disappear and return peacefully alone.
Amillennialists believe the binding of Satan is a symbol for the gospel being spread currently among the earth. Next, Revelation 20:4-6 depicts the first resurrection, when only the people who did not receive the mark of the beast and those who died for the word of Jesus were risen. Premillennialists translate this part of the passage as a literal bodily resurrection as the Millennium begins. Amillennialists would disagree and say that the people who died are already with Jesus and reigning with Him until the second coming. Postmillennialists see this passage as the future victory of Christianity in the world (ESV Study Bible
The novel scarlet letter was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. He wanted to expose the immorality that was committed by two parents of a daughter called Pearl. Nathaniel's novel explores the hypocrisy in puritan societies. The novel tells a story of Hester Prynne and her daughter. Hester having committed adultery and tries all what she can so as to ensure that she live of repentance and dignity.
As the story jumps in time from having a young daughter to one that is grown up, there are countless instances when the irony and strangeness of Puritan society comes into play. In essence, Puritanism was a movement of protestants who sought to reform the Church of England to get rid of any left over Roman Catholic ideas and practices. When
Louisa May Alcott wrote in one of her journals, “Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us––and those around us––more effectively” (Bolton, Martha). Louisa went through many life-altering events and struggles throughout her life. These events largely shaped who she was as an author; Louisa actually wrote many of her stories about her childhood experiences. Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, on November 29, 1832 (“Louisa May Alcott.” Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House). Louisa was the second daughter of Abba May and Amos Bronson Alcott, and she had three sisters: Anna, Elizabeth, and Abigail Alcott (Boston Roberts Brothers).
For generations, authors have written stories in order to exploit the actions of a certain group or person. The Scarlet letter is a novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne is no exception to this. This novel takes place in 1850 and follows main character, Hester Prynn, as she endures life in The Massachusetts Bay Colony with her daughter. The novel focuses the struggle of a mother who had a child out of wedlock and the reaction of the Puritan society in which she resides. This plot was selected by Hawthorne in order to express his own social commentary on the Puritan Culture at the time.
First of all, the Puritans were reformed Protestants from England in 16th and 17th centuries, who wanted to purify the church from Roman Catholic practices. They were dressed in simple and modest clothing; Puritans spent most of their time praying. They believed in the notion of predestination, which means that every human’s fate is known at birth. Moreover, many Puritans moved to America fleeing from religious persecution. One of the puritans was John Winthrop who participated in the activities of the parliamentary opposition.
The Scarlet Letter, another highly acknowledged fictitious novel is based in the historical setting of Puritan-Boston, Massachusetts circa the mid 17th century. Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850, Hawthorne depicts the story of an adulteress Hester Prynne who is forced to wear a scarlet ‘A’, symbolic of her adulterous, shameful past with her guilt stricken anonymous lover Arthur Dimmesdale, while her husband Roger Chillingworth tries to pursue his revenge on his unfaithful wife and bastard child, Pearl. Hawthorne incorporates thematic strains such as sin, guilt, the nature of evil, and the role of society. Similarly to The Great Gatsby, Hawthorne uses color symbolism in his novel The Scarlet Letter. It can be argued that while both texts The Great Gatsby and The Scarlet Letter share
Baltimore intended the colony he named Maryland to be a sanctuary for England’s small population of victimized Catholics. Baltimore’s colony north of the Potomac River was constructed in a manorial system where Catholic could practice their faith confidentially. After a successful start in 1634, the Maryland colony went off track; Protestants made up most of the populace and manors progressed into plantations. 2. Act for Religious Toleration