The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850, is a book that was set at a time where the strict Puritan way of life was key. Hawthorne wrote about an intimate romance between Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale. The various relationships and feelings behind these relationships are intense, one can never really be quite sure of the true emotion. The moral of the story is to be true, yet each character is a hypocrite in some form.
Hester Prynne came to Boston when she married to wait for her husband while he was still in Europe, finishing business. After two years of waiting, Hester commited adultery, which was shunned in Puritan communities. While on the scaffold taking responsibility for her actions, Arthur Dimmesdale was at the peak of his hypocrisy throughout the story, telling her that ?What can thy silence do for him, except tempt him?..who perchance hath not the courage to grasp it for himself?#. Staring out at the crowd from the scaffold, Hester recognizes a man, Roger Chillingworth, who is her husband who just arrived from Europe. At this point, Hester is the only person who is aware of it. Roger comes to Hester asking that

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