Can one act alienate you from society for the rest of your life? One act completely separates you and your family from everyone forever. Of course not many people believe this be untrue, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne depicts the story of a woman that had this happen. I believe the main theme in the story to be alienation. There are three people who were alienated that were alienated in the novel: Hester Prynne, Reverend Dimmesdale, and Pearl. The first example of alienation in the novel was Hester Prynne. She was alienated in three ways. First of all, she was alienated geographically. Her house was isolated from the rest of the town of Boston, and the house faced the ocean instead of facing society which was in the opposite direction. Secondly, she was socially alienated. No one would talk to Hester Prynne due to the fact that she had committed adultery. Third, and finally, the Scarlet Letter alienated Hester Prynne. No one else in the town had one, but she did. She was completely different from everyone else.
The second person that was alienated in the novel was Reverend Dimmesdale. He isolated himself due to his guilt. Dimmesdale never shared his emotions with anyone. He continued to hold them in. Because of this, Dimmesdale was isolated emotionally. No one else in society felt this form of guilt that ate away at his soul. He didn’t have anyone to relate to. Dimmesdale was all alone – or alienated.
The third and final person alienated in The Scarlet Letter was Pearl. She was alienated in three ways. Firstly, she was not allowed to play with the other children. She attempted to play with them, but the children all ran away from her. Second, everyone in the town thought she was a devilish child. Pearl would run up to people and scream just to scare them. Finally, people would throw items at her. On the way to Governor Billingham’s home, the townspeople flung mud at her. This was completely uncalled for, and she was the only one they did this...
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