How does The Scarlet Letter relate to today's world?

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Though modern-day America has evolved from the Puritanistic New England colonies of our forefathers, many themes that are present in The Scarlet Letter are still relevant to today's society: judgment towards women (and men) of a sexual nature, hypocrisy in religious figures, and the isolation that people on the outside of a community might feel. These are just a few examples of the way that The Scarlet Letter can relate to today's world.

Judgment towards women (and men) of a sexual nature

Though some generations and cultures in the last two hundred years have been more accepting of sexuality than others, there is still a lingering atmosphere of judgment for those who are sexual outside of the accepted norms of the society. For Hester , her society expected all women to be virginal and pure until marriage. While we...

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