Punishment has always revolved around the same ideas, to discipline an individual, and
to set an example for the rest of society, discouraging them from following in a convict?s
footprints. Either way, the end result is to set a criminal apart from the rest of society.
Today we publicize the effects of our judicial system to a great extent, whether it is an
open courtroom, or a televised execution, people tend to feel some type of relif watching
the hand of the law in action.
In the begining of the book The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, when
Hester is upon the scaffold in the marketplace in front of the whole town, women in the
crowd are heard gossiping. They remark about the fact that Hester has received a reduced
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