How Is Hester Justified In The Scarlet Letter Townswomen

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The Justification of the Townswomen There are certain types of people, that everyone eventually meets, that tends to make matters worse. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, all of the townswomen that occupy Boston, Massachusetts, may believe that women should stick together, but, obviously, show differently. They constantly pester Hester and Pearl by forgetting their human nature and letting go of their morals. Little do they realize, the bullying they instigate, is just as bad as the adultery that Hester had committed. As if public humiliation, and being a single mother, is not already enough, she has fellow women antagonizing her in multiple different ways. The townswomen, in the Scarlet Letter, to brainwashed except those who…show more content…
.They at first suggest “This women has brought shame upon us all, and ought to die.” (Hawthorne 46) When the government refrains from giving Hester the death sentence, they then suggest “At the very least, they should have put the brand of a hot iron on Hesters forehead.” (Hawthorne 48) These quotes emphasize the punishment they think Hester should have to endure without receiving the entirety of the story behind the sin she has committed. Although this is closer to the punishment that Hester obtains, she then has to wear a scarlet letter “A” on her bosom for everyone to see. This puts her in more danger and susceptible to bullying. “Behold, verily, there is the women of the scarlet letter… come, therefore, and let us fling mud at them!” (Hawthorne 92) This quote is an actual representation of the abuse they put her through on a daily. The common people are really the only ones that endanger or harm Hester and Pearl in any way. The town 's women, in The Scarlet Letter, eventually get to Hesters head and make her feel as if she is all by herself and has no
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