Names And Labels In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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Should names and labels put on people always be believed? If these labels are believed, is the name always true? Puritans, as a collective people should be exactly as they sound, pure. The reality of their society, however, is not. Some may say that they are perhaps the most judgmental and unaccepting society to have ever lived in America. They are perceived to believe in a male-dominated patriarchal society, where women are to do as they are told, children are to be seen and not heard, and upholding the laws of the Bible is the most important rule in life. Defiance of any of these rules is absolutely not tolerated. In The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne a member of the Puritan society, is convicted of adultery, a sin she did not commit. Since
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