In the novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne Hester Prynne wore a red letter “A” on her breast. The symbol stood for adultery, a sin which she had been convicted of. This public humiliation of having to wear the bright crimson “A” was her punishment for becoming pregnant without being married. Despite the efforts of the church, she would not however reveal the name of the second party involved in the affair. Ironically, the
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lengthy jail sentences, or other practices carried out today. I think that this novel adds a great deal of information to the body of political, religious, and sociological history. Hawthorne did a wonderful job of showing today’s generation that adultery was evident in early history, and is not a new issue. He knew that his portrail of an early “soap opera” would be popular for years to come
Hawthorne, Nathanael. The Scarlett Letter.