The Scarlet Letter: An Image Of Divine Maternity

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Have you ever made a decision but never considered the consequence? In the novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne portrays Hester Prynne in as "an image of Divine Maternity" in chapter two. Hawthorne contrasts the virgin Mary, when she became pregnant and conceived Jesus by the Holy Spirit. Mary and her child were holy. On the other hand, Hester represents sin. Hawthorne indicates how much of a hypocrite the Puritans were for choosing to not see the beauty in Hester and her child because they were blinded by her sin. She is looked upon by the Puritans as an extreme sinner. Instead of being put to death for her sin, she is publicly shamed and forced to wear a scarlet "A" on her chest for the rest of her life. Hawthorne introduces

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