Hawthorne depicts the story asa point of historical thinking and the work of prejudice marks a big presence in the minds of the people around the author. The novel on a whole is a mirror to the situations prevalent in those times and the prejudice against women that was practiced by the common people. The story also highlights the wrongdoings of the religious minded people who regarded religion to be above justice and the human condition. This research paper is aimed to bring out all the elements posed by the author as a descriptive way for a proper understanding of the reader.
The story starts in the backdrop of seventeenth century Boston which was then a settlement with puritan values. A young woman namedHester Prynne was escorted from a prison with her young daughter in her embrace and the scarlet letter “A” marked on her breast. A crowd was watching these proceedings from which a man told an elderly onlooker that Hester was being punished for indulging into adultery.
The context being that Hester had indulged in adultery while her husband had been presumed to be lost at the sea thus the child being labeled as an illegitimate one. Hester had not yet revealed her lover’s identity and had suffered the punishment for that in the form of being made a pariah by the society. The elderly onlooker who the man answered in the crowd was Hester’s husband and was practicing medicine and had changed his name to Roger Chillingworth. Having kept his identity a secret and only Hester bearing the knowledge of his true identity and Roger had settled in Boston with the intent of revenge.
The story moved on several years further and Hester started to support her-self by working as a seamstress with her daughter Pearl by her side (Millington, May 2015).Hester was shunned by the community whose officials tried to take away Pearl from her but their intentions failed with intervention from a young minister by the name of Arthur