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The Scarlet Letter

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Prison and Cemetery contrast

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Why does the narrator provide a contrast between the Puritans’ need to build a prison and a cemetery?

Choose the BEST answer.

A

They were likely following the example of most civilizations. This was merely a standard.

B

The Puritans were a strict and harsh people. Most prisoners were ultimately executed and a nearby cemetery was required.

C

It represents the Puritans’ need for control. People will die and people will break laws. Both must be maintained.

D

There is no explicit purpose other than to provide a dark description of the town.

E

These two locations provide foreshadowing for the ultimate imprisonment and death of Hester Prynne.