Judgementality, contemporary prejudism in the context of the Scarlet letter

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OJ Simpson was suspected of killing his ex-wife and her friend outside her

home. Before he was arrested for the suspicion he was already tried, convicted

and, executed in the minds of all of America. Before he went to trial everyone

knew the 'truth,' everyone had already decided his fate before the evidence

was presented. No one knew what happened but we all formed our opinions

and theories of how he did it, why he did it, and if he should be killed or just get

life in prison. Our world is too judgmental and it always has been. Even in the

time Hawthorne wrote of in The Scarlet Letter and in 'The Ministers Black Veil'

people judged before they knew the truth.

Objects were judged even though they had no relevance on what really

happened. In 'The Ministers Black Veil' no one knew why the minister wore

the veil but everyone assumed it meant shame and that he had something to

hide. I think that the minister thought that it was his mission to show how

superficial the people were. The ministers own fiancee left him because no one

knew anything about the veil he wore. Again in The Scarlet Letter, I can think

of two more major examples where an object was used as a sign or omen. The

first is of course the letter, it meant evil, shame, and sin to the townspeople.

All it was, was a letter nothing more, nothing less. The second object that

people took as a prolific sign was the weeds on a grave. They reasoned that the

weeds were there because of the sins of that person, and that the weeds grew

because flowers could not. People then and now take symbols too deeply and


People often take...