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In "The Scarlet Letter," what is Hester Prynne's punishment? What do the...
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Hester's punishment is that she's required to wear a scarlet letter "A" on the bosom, or chest, of her dress. This will easily identify her as an adulteress to anyone who sees her. The magistrates hope that Hester will feel the shame of her sin more profoundly, since everyone will know what she did and, therefore, shun her because of it. They eventually end up ostracizing her--physically and emotionally-- from this community, thus ridding it of another sinner.
Posted by katemschultz on August 26, 2008 at 6:39 AM (Answer #1)
Her punishment is to wear the Scarlet Letter. This doesn't seem like much but it actually a physical reminder of her "sin". She has to go everywhere with that thing on her and people don't treat her like a person, they see her as a different species. Her daughter Pearl was also affected by her punishment because she was excluded. She didn't have a normal life and couldn't talk to children her age. The Magistrates hope that she will be shamed that she will be shunned.
Posted by laurto on December 7, 2013 at 7:21 PM (Answer #2)
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