The Punishment In The Scarlet Letter

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When a person commits a crime, they are punished because they go against the rules. The punishment is used to teach the person not to commit the crime again. Sometimes, a person is affected in a positive way and learns from what they’ve done. Other times, a person does not learn at all and commits crimes again. It all depends on the type of punishment and how the person deals with the punishment. In the Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, one character, Hester Prynne, is punished through public humiliation by wearing a red letter A. Although the scarlet letter had a few negative effects on Hester, its overall effect is positive. At first, Hester was plagued by the scarlet letter, and her life was changed completely. When starting to wear…show more content…
After bearing the letter for many years, Hester realized that “the letter was the symbol of her calling. Such helpfulness was found in her” (158). To make up for her sin, Hester goes and helps many people in need. She feels that she must do good to counter the evil that surrounds her due to her sin. By helping those in the community, people start saying that the letter stands for able rather than adultery. People no longer want to view her as an adulterous person anymore because of how helpful she is. She has become a better person with the help of the scarlet letter. Not only did the letter make her a better person in the community, but she also became better within herself. By having to wear it, “the scarlet letter was her passport in regions where other women dared not dread. Shame, Despair, Solitude! These had been her teachers” (196). They helped Hester learn a lot about herself. By being able to face what the letter threw at her, she became stronger. She is now a better person and can handle any situation. Many people would never face what Hester did, let alone even experience it. It was with the help of the scarlet letter that Hester could be face with face with shame, despair, and solitude. Most people would fear them and hide, but Hester learned from them. Not only was her character changed in a positive way, but also her thoughts and
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