Hester Prynne's Punishment In Scarlet Letter

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"The consequences of the choices you make can change your life in the blink of an eye." as unraveled in The Scarlet Letter, Hester Pryne's sinful adultery effected her life from that moment in time until the moment that she died. Governor Bellingham along with the townspeople eschewed Hester for her mistake, going against their Puritan beliefs and the bible. the whole town stopped at nothing to be little Hester. Although they believed themselves to be abiding by the teachings of the bible, their punishment for Hester was in no way biblical. if the Puritans followed the bible Hester would have been stoned to death. instead of stoning her, the magistrate came up with their own punishment. this "plan" they had for Hester was not biblical in nor the new or old testaments.…show more content…
This scripture from the bible fits hand in hand with the plot of the scarlet letter. Not only did the town avoid Hester, but they labeled her for her sin and banished her from her past life. "be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you Ephesians 4:32. Hester's pregnancy was a confession within itself, but no one acknowledged Hester's redemption or granted her forgiveness. “She will be like a living sermon against sin, until the shameful letter is engraved on her tombstone (Hawthorne 59). This quote from the scarlet letter proves how unforgiving the magistrate was. From the very beginning they had never planned to extenuate Hester's sin, proving that their means for her punishment was not rational. Hester helped everyone she could however and whenever she was able,but was automatically ostracized wherever she went. Who should punish a sinner? Should it be religion, society, or the individual? "The Punishment of a Sinner in The Scarlet Letter."
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