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The Scarlet Letter

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Hawthorne vs Hathorne

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Nathaniel Hawthorne was originally born a Hathorne;

he added the w to his name to separate himself from his relative John Hathorne, the only judge in the Salem Witch Trials who never repented of his horrible actions.

Knowing this, which of the following statements, do you think reflects Hawthorne's opinion of Puritanism?

A

In the novel, the Puritans follow their law and religion at the cost of being merciful to their fellow man.

B

In the novel, the Puritans follow their strict adherence to the Bible even when it pains them.

C

In the novel, the Puritans have created a perfect society in which the Bible is law.

D

In the novel, the Puritans are concerned more about the greater good than their own individual happiness.

E

In the novel, the Puritans make sure to pass on their religion accurately to their children.