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Unformatted text preview: 1-19-97period 3pScarlet LetterWho should punish a sinner? Should it be religion, society, or the individual? In iHawthorne's Scarlet Letter all three affect the main character Hester Prynne. Religion Rpunishes her with the Scarlet Letter, society ostracizes her as punishment, and individually ishe was able to move on in life but still returned to her haunting past where she died.dReligion plays a big part in the Scarlet Letter. Hester Prynne wore the Scarlet SLetter to remind her of the mistake ahe made. Instaed of taking Pearl away the people pwanted her to wear the "A" for adultry. Hester brought up her child forcing thewthe thought of the heavenily father. Hester's whole lifestyle was altered. She obeyed oeveryone and for seven years was cursed by standing on the scaffold. The people's beliefs bstrongly enforced the idea that Hester would wear the Scarlet Letter, so she did. It Iconstantly forced the tought of the sin she had commited and would haunt her for good. g"I have thought have death," said she, - "have wished for it, - would even have...
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