"The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne- Hester Prynne's sterling qualities- 834 words

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Introduction to thesis statement was a little short, could add a few more sentences.

In early Puritan society, adultery was taken seriously. Two people who engaged in intercourse or had a baby before marriage were considered adulterers. The punishment for adultery was different than it is today for instance; today adultery is only punishable in a handful of stated. Puritan society looked at adultery in a whole other perspective. When a man or woman was convicted of adultery, death was a strongly considered form of punishment. In today's society, adultery is all too common and is not dealt with in the same manner. Loyalty is a quality that has for the most part been non-existent in society today. Despite being an adulteress, Hester Prynne displays sterling qualities of character.

In Hester's case, the towns' people made an exception, for she was not put to death. Even though most of the towns' people, especially women, disagreed and expressed negativity towards the idea.

"I'll tell ye a piece of my mind. It would be greatly for the public behoof, if we women, being mature age and church members in good repute, should have the handling of such malefactresses as this Hester Prynne. What think ye, gossips? If the hussy stood up for judgment before us five, that are now herein a knot together, would she come off with such a sentence as the worshipful magistrates have awarded? Marry, T trow not!" The women of the town were not too pleased with the outcome of Hester's punishment, and if it were up to them as the quote explains, her punishment would have been more severe. Instead of the women's decision Hester and her daughter were publicly ridiculed while they stood on a scaffold for the entire town to see. Hester's punishment also...