Insanty And Deception In The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne
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As stated by Nathaniel Hawthorne in The Scarlet Letter “No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which one may be true”. The Scarlet Letter takes place in Puritan times, where tolerance was at an all time low, and where women were publicly humiliated for adultery, which is in fact what the scarlet letter “A” represented. Also, during this period of time, due to the religious background, customs, and the mindset adopted by people, there was a lot of superstition on the origins and consequences of evil. Thus, through this quote, Nathaniel Hawthorne expressed his personal belief regarding on the topic of corruption, honesty and deception. Hawthorne was a primary source in relation to the events that occured during puritan times such as the salem witch trials, which were so controversial. As a matter of fact, after getting a taste of a truly strict puritan society, he decided that for his family’s well being he would have to work hard to remove himself and his family from that setting because the people there were filled with deception both within themselves and among the community. This made them potentially threatening to his family.