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The Changes Of Society Essay

804 words - 4 pages

In modern time’s today, most of society will follow whatever is the most recent movement. Many people like to be with the majority, very little people try to stand out and voice their own opinion about the topic. So like in real life, in the Scarlet Letter written, a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne many people in the town of Salem find themselves to be with the majority of the town and kind put shame to Hester’s name. Although many of the younger women feel sorry for Hester, no one tries to stand up for her. Even though Hester is put through a lot of trouble for her sins she committed, society slowly changes for the better throughout the story for the better.
In the beginning of the novel Hester is put on to the scaffold to publicly tell the town about her sins. As Hester is heading to stand on the scaffold, a group of older women talk poorly about her as they believe that she is almost bragging about her sin by saying “Did ever a women, before this brazen hussy, contrive such a way of showing it?”(Hawthorne 47) basically showing her anger at her for showing off the A in such a way. After Hester reaches the scaffold the guard says to her “Come along, Madam Hester, and show your scarlet let to the market place.”(Hawthorne 48) He says this in a way that’s almost rushing her because he wants to Hester humiliated in the public and faces her punishment. After being released from prison and now in the public, many people seem to stare at her A as she goes about her day “Thus the young and pure would be taught to look at her, with the scarlet letter flaming on her breast - at her.”(Hawthorne 70) Showing that society is still unsure about Hester.
After Hester had gotten out of jail and now she needed a way to make money to support herself and pearl. To make money she made clothes and sold them to people around town. During this time the people would still stare at Hester from a distance “Hester Prynne had always this dreadful agony in feeling a human eye upon the token.”(Hawthorne 76) Feeling watched no matter where she went or what she did. Although she was trying to earn trust back many people still hated her and thought he...

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