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Day 563

Part of an essay I started writing today for AP Lit :)


Motherhood is a completely vital facet of the human condition, despite the undermining it may receive. In fact, no one would be on Earth without it, yet it often comes under scrutiny across societies, even in today’s world. Especially when it comes to the Puritans, mothers are dehumanized, looked down upon, and nearly forgotten in their communities. Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter experiences this phenomenon to a high degree, being physically and socially outcast from her town because of her condition as a mother. Despite her trials and tribulations, Hester becomes a Puritan Madonna of sorts, ultimately raising her child selflessly and caringly.

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