What is the setting of "The Scarlet Letter?" Why is the setting important to the novel's man vs. society conflict?
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The setting of this is Massachusetts in the 1640s. This is a time when the Puritan religion was the official religion of the colony. The Puritan system made it so that the government could enforce the moral values of the Puritan church on the people of the community.
This is why the setting is important. The society and the government of the time and place where the story is set are very opposed to Hester's actions and to the idea of individual freedom of conscience in general. This makes it easy to have a man vs society conflict because the society's values are opposed to those of the protagonist.
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