Scarlet Letter Puritan Beliefs

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Puritan Beliefs in the Scarlet Letter Puritanism was a religious restructuring movement that results from within the Church of England in the late sixteenth century. The Puritans believed that God had formed a unique solemn agreement with them. They believe that God expected them to live according to the sacred writings. The Scarlet Letter introduces a critical, even sneering view of Puritanism. Nathaniel illustrates Puritan society as dowdy, merciless, unforgiving, and narrow-minded that unduly victimizes Hester. Nathaniel Hawthorne gives prime examples of the puritan beliefs one being their strict punishments and how men are above women. Hester Prynne, the protagonist of the novel, is the mother of Pearl. Hester is married to Roger Chillingworth.…show more content…
When she gives birth to a child, Hester invokes the blames of her community. They shame her by forcing her to wear a letter “A” for “Adulterer”,(Hawthorne). Her husband appeared just in time to witness her public shaming. Dimmesdale stands by in silence as Hester suffers for the “sin” he held part in, though his principals scourge him and affects his health. Hester’s husband, Chillingworth, hides who he is and, poses as a doctor for Dimmesdale, tests his guilt’s that Dimmesdale is the father of Hester’s child, as he seeks revenge on Dimmesdale. Hester is past the worst execution only because the Puritans of Boston decided it would help the community to transform her into a “living sermon against sin”, (Eldred). Hester turns the scarlet letter that she is forced to wear into a beautiful object. She goes from shame to strength when she wears the scarlet letter. When Hester is released from prison, the narrator describes the town police as representing the “Whole dismal severity of the Puritanical code of law”, which fuses religion with law, (LitCharts). The Puritans were a group of religious reformers who grew within the Church of England during the middle of the sixteenth century. They shared a common Calvinist theology and common criticisms of the Anglican Church and English society and
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