Theme Of Deception In The Scarlet Letter

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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…show more content…
Incredibly In today’s world, modern society still gets caught up in the mix of all this, and one of the behaviors that are visible as a product of this phenomenon is based on corruption and deceit. The unclarity and the mischievous lies directed at both others and ourselves are truly a social disease. Thus, making those who are expected to hold themselves to a transparent and pure demeanor, a “higher standard”, are in reality a hidden dark sheep among the heard. However, the reason deception is so high among significantly ranked officials and other individuals who have achieved an advanced and great level of trust such as politicians is because they are at a place in society where they have credibility and trust from the people they represent, and in fact, because of this trust the have been granted they end up being the most deceptive. However, this normally only occurs once they reach a point where they are also the most convincing. The positive aspect of all of this is that lies are never flawless, and eventually, the individuals come into conflict with the question “[which type of depiction of themselves] may be true” (Hawthorne)9 Looking back at history even Hitler’s deception wasn’t detected until his ideals became too convincing and it became too late. Even individuals that would’ve been considered supporters of the allied powers like “ Chamberlain,…show more content…
In fact, controversy, scandal and uncertainty are linked to one shape or form deception, whether direct or subliminal. To be more specific, political tensions and issues are usually a product of deceitful politicians who claim something they never had an intention of achieving and on ones who aren’t sure what they promised and have no clue on how to get it done. Unfortunately this is a common spectacle world wide. For example, in the South American country of Colombia there have been immense tension for the past eight years due to the president’s questionable actions. President Santos has been throwing the peace word around to the international community, but at home the citizens know what he’s doing is negotiating with the FARC terrorist organization “Internationally he is regarded as a Nobel Prize winner for his efforts to end Colombia’s armed conflict, but at home, he is highly unpopular, with disapproval ratings of 71%. This is due to an ironic twist of fate for the president. In signing the November 2016 peace accords with the FARC guerrillas.” (Diaz). The Colombian president knowingly betrayed the people of Colombia by signing this peace accord, but he knew that to the international public this “peace treaty” would look good and would render him a great benefit. However, the controversy lies in the fact that President Santos’ change of heart

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