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Insiders and Outsiders

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Title: Insiders and Outsiders
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Subject: Book Reports
Date: July 21, 2006
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The women in the crowd on that day make disparaging comments about Hester; they particularly criticize her for the grandeur of the scarlet letter on her chest- "what is it but to laugh in the faces of our godly magistrates, and make a pride out of what they, worthy gentlemen, meant for a punishment!" The fact that Hester was punished so openly states something about her society and its views on sin: sin not only floods the world but also should be actively sought out and exposed so it can be punished publicly...
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The beadle stresses this principle when he asks for a "blessing on the righteous Colony of the Massachusetts, where iniquity is dragged out into the sunshine." His smug self-righteousness implies that Hester's persecution is fueled by more than the villagers' pursuit of justice and virtue; Hester becomes a scapegoat, and gives the townspeople, chiefly the women, a chance to convince themselves of their own piousness by condemning her as loudly as possible...
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