The society enforced these morals by punishing her with the scarlet letter and making her an outcast. Hawthorne describes this punishment when he writes, “She was made the common infamy, at which all mankind was summoned to point its finger” (71). The entirety of the town could view the scarlet letter, the mark of her sin. However, it was not enough for them to punish her by making her shame public. Puritan morals required Hester to feel truly terrible about her sin and to repent.
Her baby, Pearl, is considered a sin because she was a product of cheating,. The townspeople decided to punish her and force her to wear a scarlet “A” on her breast. They made her wear it in a viewable spot, so when people looked at her, the only thing they noticed was the scarlet letter. They wanted to make people look at Hester and think of her in terms of only her
Hester was publicly shamed and must face the consequences of her sins in front of others. The opportunity of redemption was available to Hester because the townspeople has punished her with the scarlet letter on her chest and a public shaming. Dimmesdale was not given the same chance at redemption as Hester because he deals with his sin privately, where none of the townspeople can see. Dimmesdale’s method of managing his sin and guilt does not work as well as Hester’s method because he by never confessed his crimes in front the town and dies because he did not confess his sins earlier. Both Hester and Dimmesdale has committed the same sin together, but Hester was able to live out her life as normally as she can due to the public shaming and the scarlet letter on her chest.
Rough draft two “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9. In the book The Scarlet Letter Mr. Author Dimmesdale, one of the main characters should have considered this verse while deciding to confess his sin. Unfortunately, Dimmesdale committed adultery with a beautiful girl named Hester Prim. Hester was punished for what she had done, and her and her new little girl went to live in exile.
In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne illustrates how effective public shaming really is. Hester Prynne is outcast from society and is forced to wear the scarlet letter “A” on her chest representing her crime of adultery. In the 17th century, the Puritans used public shaming as an effort to try to reform criminals. Today, public shaming is used more to bring attention and humiliation to a crime. In today’s world, public shaming could attract more attention because of the rapid spread of information.
It clearly violates the eighth amendment that states, “[E]xcessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted." (Eighth Amendment.) The segment of ‘cruel’ refers to a punishment that is brutal and inflicts severe pain of the suspect, whilst ‘unusual’ implies that the punishment is generally not associated with the crime that has been presumably been committed. The supreme court of Georgia explained, in a five to four ruling, that “capital sentencing based on the unguided discretion of juries offends the "cruel and unusual punishment" clause of the Eighth Amendment” due to the fact that it permits “juries to impose the distinctively profound sentence of death on some convicted defendants while other juries impose the far different sentence of life imprisonment on large numbers of similarly situated defendants convicted of exactly the same crime.” (Furman v.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne centers around the idea of shame, a controlling characteristic of life that influences every characters actions. This novel focuses on the Massachusetts Bay Colony, a strict Puritan society. When Hester Prynne commits adultery in this town, she is forced into a lifetime of public shame. This not only changes her way of life, but her daughter’s as well. Yet the man that she commits adultery with is not exposed, and instead endures his own private shame, which is arguably more brutal than if he revealed himself as her lover.
Initially, the letter A stands for the word “adulteress” and the sin of adultery. The letter is seen as a sign of the great evil for which Hester has been exiled from her home in the Puritan community. Later on, the people start to take notice of all the kind works that Hester does and the comfort she brings to those who are troubled or sick. A number people no longer view the scarlet letter as a brand of sin but “refused to interpret the scarlet A by its original signification. They said that it meant Able” (150).
The Eighth Amendment is all about punishment. In the Amendment it states, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”, as well as allowing the Death Penalty. I believe this Amendment is right. Because of the fact that cruel and unusual punishment wouldn’t be fun, I believe the Death Penalty should be legal, and excessive fines would be crushing to our economy. Cruel and unusual punishment would not be fun.
It was small, close knit and exceedingly religious. Consequently, the community’s reaction to the perceived sin was neither accepting nor kind. Immediately after Hester Prynne had been charged with adultery, there were some townspeople that felt her punishment of ignominy was too merciful. One woman went so far as to say, “This woman has brought shame upon us all, and ought to die. Is there not law for it?
However, the public will deem the search excessive use of force on the accused performed by the RCMP officer. This search would increase public outrage regarding excessive use of police powers as they believe the search could have performed in a less intrusive mean. Furthermore, the “throat hold” should not be performed on anyone especially females as it can result in health complications (Atherley & Hickman, 2014). However, it is necessary to note that the “throat hold” is a common practice used by the RCMP drug squad to prevent drug traffickers from destroying evidence. This practice is not illegal as it is used to prevent the swallowing of drugs that may be in the accused mouth that will aid in substantiating the charge.
Therefore, people may see going against an unjust law as something to avoid because of the aftereffect they will be having to face. Furthermore, It is right to oppose something that is unjust. Individuals should do what they best believe is right in their opinions but laws shouldn’t be fully subjected by the people only or else it may lead to future conflicts and misleading mistakes. Overall, by desired changes, it causes destructive tension for