Anthony Trollope's telling summary will serve to introduce the reader to the plot of the narrative. and is brought upon the stage that she may be punished by a public stigma.
A woman [Hester Prynne] has been taken in adultery, . She was beautiful and young, and had been married to an old husband who had wandered away from her for a time.
The purpose of this essay is to examine the ethical and moral issues involving the major characters in The Scarlet Letter and to consider the effect of their actions on themselves and on their relationship with others.
Background Information The setting of the The Scarlet Letter is Boston during the Puritan era.
Terry Dibble explains that with this Hawthorne "casts doubt on his own story and suggests that an incident may have happened in quite a different way if at all." (84-85) The reader is therefore left to decide what is literally true.
An appreciation of the literary value of the work can deepen the reader's understanding of the message.
Accordingly, the teacher should use every opportunity to emphasize moral and ethical values in stories, poems, novels and other kinds of literary works.
When students are led to discover values, or gain insight into human nature and suffering and man's search for truth, they will be empowered to develop a value system based on sound Christian principles.
Holmes notes the following concerning the biblical foundation for ethics: From love God and gratitude for His mercies come the motivation and dynamics for moral living (Ethics: Approaching Moral Decisions 14).
Because the Christian teacher acknowledges the Bible as the guidebook for behavior, she will want to present and discuss moral values against that background.