The Importance Of Puritans In The Scarlet Letter

708 Words3 Pages
There are three things in the world that deserve no mercy, hypocrisy, fraud, and tyranny. Frederick William Robertson. Seventeenth century Puritan civilization: Boston Massachusetts. The narrator depicts Puritan society as drab, confining, unforgiving, and narrow-minded that unfairly victimizes Hester. In The Scarlet Letter, the Puritans appear as shallow hypocrites whose opinion of Hester and Pearl improves only when they become more of an asset to the community, most notably when Hester becomes a seamstress and Pearl inherits a fortune from Chillingworth. The novel begins with a crowd of Puritan Bostonians waiting anxiously outside the town jailhouse, hoping to see convicts, sinners, and their overall hated fellow citizens be publicly punished and shamed. life is centered around a rigid Puritan society in which one is unable to divulge his or…show more content…
Each man has entrusted Hester with secrets he expects her to keep. Hoping to shield Dimmesdale and feeling a debt of obligation to Chillingworth, Hester reveals further aspects of her nature as she interacts with each man and makes decisions about how to respond to the demands that each places upon her. Although Hester wants to believe that flight with Dimmesdale is possible, she discovers that none of the characters can escape the consequences of their earlier actions. At times Hester contemplates her own freedom and the possibilities for a woman’s self-realization, but the end of the novel suggests that in such thinking, Hester is ahead of her time. When she returns to the Puritan settlement at the end of the novel, Hester continues to wear The Scarlet Letter, which “has ceased to be a stigma,” and has become instead a badge of her wisdom and

More about The Importance Of Puritans In The Scarlet Letter

Open Document