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5FT SHELF PAPER MBARNA-1 - Barna 1 Maryah Barna English 213...

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Barna 1 Maryah Barna English 213 Lynn Childress December 1 st , 2009 The Scarlet Letter is Still Alive Today Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote the novel The Scarlet Letter in 1850, which is recognized as his greatest works. Almost every high school in America teaches it at the high school level. Within the novel, the main character becomes pregnant out of wedlock and is shamed by the 17 th century Puritan community where she resides. The novel goes on to tell about her struggles with the community and the intricacies of raising her daughter Pearl by herself. This novel is used by the modern educational system as a means of sex education and the effects of a pregnancy out of wedlock in order to keep the feisty teens to themselves. Hester Prynne is the main character in Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter and faces the challenge of caring for her child as a single parent. First she must face the society that has recently discovered her pregnancy. In the second chapter, the Puritan women are waiting for Hester to walk out of the court house. Hester walks into a hostile environment that is full of “mocking infamy and ridicule” about her and the “sympathy that a transgressor might look for” is nowhere to be found (pg 30). The teachers in schools today
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Barna 2 use this setting and demeanor of Hester’s community to discourage teens from having sex.
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