Public Shaming In Scarlet Letter

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To a majority of people in this world, one of the worst possible feelings that we can encounter would be public humiliation. No one ever wants to be exposed and have our sins made public. As we constantly try to keep our faults and sins away from others. In the past especially in the Puritan society public shaming or humiliation was a very common form of punishment. Many people if not entire towns would gather around together to see a sinner on the scaffold or sometimes even be hung. In Hawthorne's novel, The Scarlet letter he developed and supported several themes. However the biggest theme that stood out above them all was to be true. In this novel Hawthorne's argument was that public shaming or humiliation is the most cruel form of punishment…show more content…
I listen to podcasts on my phone every day and not so long ago I came across a very interesting podcast. The podcast was the story of Louis Zamperini who was involved in World War II and overcame several hardships. He was kept in a cell about the size of a dog kennel, he was fed very little a day and was pretty much a punch bag for all the Japanese soldiers that came across him. People walked all over him left and right. They poke them with sticks, hit him harshly, made his life a complete hell. His life was so bad that he constantly thought of committing suicide so that he could escape all this pain and suffering he was going through. He was very fortunate in that he was able to be removed from this situation before he committed malicious actions towards himself. Louis reacted like this because since he was being isolated from the rest of the world his identity was taken away from him as well as his own self respect which caused him to lose his will of keep going. Some of the same concepts that was made by Louis to reach the point and where he was very closely related to ignominy. Being isolated and away from people and away from things you love, dehumanization, and no self respect, will drive a person to an absolute point in which they can't take no
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