The Scarlet Letter was an especially moving piece of literature. It had such an impact on its readership that it was eventually turned into a movie which went on the receive many accolades. If you want to write an essay related to this book, you can begin by considering it in terms of any of the themes listed below:
The red ‘A’ for which the book is named is forced on the main character, Hester, to symbolize her fall from grace in the eyes of the community. It stands for ‘adulteress’. This treatment of people who are involved in extra marital relationships is central to the plot so the idea of infidelity itself can be used to come up with many topics worth writing on.
Hester’s treatment has much to do with her status as a woman. If she had engaged in sexual relations outside of marriage but were a man instead, she would not have gotten pregnant. The pregnancy was the clue that led others to understand what she had done. Aside from that, women were considered to be subservient to their husbands. If she had been a man, no one would have questioned her desire for sexual congress while her husband was away.
While in modern times it is fairly uncommon for church and state to be joined, the community described in this novel lives by the laws of the Bible. It is understood that sins are crimes and there are no exceptions. These are the types of laws that also led to the inhumane burning of hundreds of innocent people in the Salem witch trials. For your essay you can even compare those to books and look for similarities, particularly in the persecution of women if you choose to mix themes.
Hester’s daughter also suffers, not for any crimes that she herself has committed but due to the stigma of illegitimacy that follows her. The entire town is constantly reminded of the circumstances of her birth and she is a pariah as much as her mother is. The method by which guilt is allocated in such circumstances is completely unfair to the innocent offspring. The mistreatment of children who are illegitimate should be seriously considered in your topic choices.
Your knowledge of literature will give you a host of choices in selecting a concept to explore.
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