Emotional Challenges In Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlett Letter" And Mark Twain's "The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn"

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The authors of the amazing books The Scarlett Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne) and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain) both take the reader through a journey of how society plays such a huge role in the everyday life of the people living within these time periods. Both authors give you clips of the emotional challenges which the characters encounter throughout the entire story in order to give you a feel of being placed in their shoes and overcoming the obstacles which they are confronted with. Nathaniel Hawthorne bases his novel on community, religion, relationships, and laws which are expected to be followed during puritan time. Different from Hawthorne, Mark Twain wrote his novel to reveal the harsh feelings towards racism, slavery, and unfair treatment within a country. Twain and Hawthorne reached out to their readers with great emphasis on how they believed the setting on which the novels were written needed great change.

In the 17th century novel Hawthorne wrote, relationships between men and women are very valuable and seem to hold great importance. Also God and the puritan religion is all one had to live for. This is why the main character Hester Prynne must go through the rest of her life with shame for conceiving a child and committing adultery to her partner. The towns’ people view her as a sin to go against the beliefs they have grown to follow. “It could have been betokened nothing short of the anticipated execution of some noted culprit,”(47), this quote shows how strict the time period was and how just by committing adultery, a person would normally be sentenced to death but in this case Hester Prynne was saved by her lover and let off with forever lasting shame of wearing the Scarlett Letter. Since then the towns people used her as an example to their children of what...

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