Justice In The Scarlet Letter

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What is justice to you? Well justice is different for everyone because we have all had different life experiences. In the scarlet letter, by nathaniel hawthorne, a woman named hester prim is punished for having a chilled out for welock. As her punishment she is forced to wear a scarlet A upon her clothing, with this mark she will become out cast and ridiculed by the town. Hester accepts the letter at first because it is the regulated punishment decided by the society and what they see as a just punishment. But then as the story progress she realizes that the same duration of the punishment isn 't always the best for the situation. But then by the end of the story she comes to the realization that the punishment doesn 't define her. At the…show more content…
In the book she has an attitude when she is first adjusting to the town an example of this is when she is in the town and the narrator says “Lonely as was Hester 's situation, and without a friend on earth who dared to show himself, she, however, incurred no risk of want”. Hester is abandoned by the town just like how the house was abandoned by the settlers. Yet she doesn 't seem to mind that she doesn 't have anyone helping her nor does she really want help even if they were to give it to her. Even though she doesn 't quite realize it yet she is accepting her punishment with no questions asked. But after seven years of that type of isolation she comes to the realization that she done being being put on the scaffold and displayed for her sin so she decided to rip off the A. After she rips off the letter the book says “The stigma gone, Hester heaved a long, deep sigh, in which the burden of shame and anguish departed from her spirit”. Just by taking off that letter she becomes the confident and beautiful woman she once was when she was first given this punishment. At this point in the book she is starting to question the punishments of the society and believes that she should have to be marked for it an more because she feels like she has spent enough time isolated from the world. Which does not mean that she has completely made…show more content…
Finally after Hester comes back to the town she has a new perspective that the A does not define her. She now is trying change the way people perceive her by helping the people of the town. The book says “Earlier in life, Hester had vainly imagined that she herself might be the destined prophetess, but had long since recognised the impossibility that any mission of divine and mysterious truth should be confided to a woman stained with sin, bowed down with shame, or even burdened with a life-long sorrow.” she finally has come to terms with what she has done and the punishment she was given. Yet now she is rebranding the A to represent herself not her sin. Rebranding is not an easy thing to do yet Hester has made this happen as “ People brought all their sorrows and perplexities, and besought her counsel, as one who had herself gone through a mighty trouble.” people are coming to her for help with similar situation to what hester went through. They trust her enough to tell her their deepest sins yet at the beginning of the book she was shunned by the whole town. This displays the change that the town has taken because in the beginning of the book all they saw her as was the embodiment of the A and the sin she committed yet, now they are seeing her as a real person. Throughout the scarlet letter hester question whether or not justice was being served with her punishment. At first she was fine with the punishment but, once she saw the effect it had on her life she
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