Individual vs. the Society in "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the theme of the individual versus society is prevalent. One of the most intriguing characters in the novel is Hester Prynne, who is ostracized by the society around her. Hawthorne uses symbols to accentuate how Hester chooses to accept her branded punishment as a moral obligation rather than a mark of shame. Her individualism is achieved through a clear conscience and accepting the fact that she is unique, distanced from the Puritans surrounding her.
Immediately, The Scarlet Letter sets up a clear contrast between Hester and the other ladies i…
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