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The Scarlet Letter

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Allusion Ann Hutchinson

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Anne Hutchinson was a controversial rebel who was tried, imprisoned, and subsequently banished from the colony many years prior to Hawthorne's story.

With this in mind, why does the narrator's refer to her as sainted?

A

The narrator is demonstrating sarcasm, suggesting that Hutchinson was actually quite far from sainthood as are most criminals.

B

The narrator wishes to illustrate the sheer harshness of Puritan law. The Puritans would publicly banish a saint.

C

The narrator wishes to illustrate Hutchinson's beauty in comparison with the rose bush.

D

The narrator employs irony to foreshadow his protagonist and heroine, Hester Prynne.

E

Saintly was a title used to address the women of the time period.