The Scarlet Letter

What is an example of societal hypocrisy today? How is it similar or different to the novel?


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Many people condemn the violence of people like ISIS and their actions in killing those "infidels" that they believe corrupt the world. These people represent themselves as Christians and should be following a non-violent path in their beliefs. Yet, they say that the best way to deal with these terrorists is to bomb them off the face of the Earth. This is not consistent with the message they say they learn in church.

Certainly the people of Salem initially condemn Hester; as a reader we know that all of the people who live around Hester cannot be lily white. They too must have sinned and their condemnation of her is a horrible irony.