The Scarlet Letter - Politics vs Religion

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The Scarlet Letter – politics vs. religion.
The book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, readers can see how confusing religion with politics can affect the life of the people. The author shows this through the laws and punishments due to sins that can be so cruel, how the beliefs of the President can affect their society and by creating a character that is accepting and being strong to her own behavior and the changes in the story makes her the character with the highest qualities.
Hawthorne criticizes people that are misusing the religion and interfering with politics to show the audience that Hester’s punishment was too harsh. According to Hawthorne, “The penalty therefore is death…” (Hawthorne 32). This quote means that they went into an agreement that Hester would not only experience public shame everyday, but she had to wear the letter “A” in her bosom, presenting her sin. She should have been punished for her sin, but wearing the Scarlet Letter “A” for the rest of her life and having a penalty of death was too harsh of a punishment. “The torture of her daily shame would at length purge her soul, and work out another purity than that which she had lost: more saint-like, because the result martyrdom” (Hawthorne 40). The letter A doesn’t represent a possibility for forgiveness or recognition of a lifestyle change. Hester deserved to be punished for committing adultery, but wearing the Scarlet Letter everyday for the rest of her life was too much punitive.
In the other hand, the book shows how people are easily influenced from following the President’s rules and religion, by having the citizens have their minds blocked for individual thoughts. An example of this is when Hester became involved with Reverend Dimmesdale, she spent two years without seeing her husband. People believed that Hester’s husband was dead at sea and would never return, but this…...

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