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Morality and Justice

06 Dec 2017Essay Samples

Morality and justice are analyzed in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter, through the author’s portrayal of the forest surrounding Puritan Boston as a “moral wilderness” where the unmarried lovers, Hester Prynne and the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, could freely express their deep affection for one another. But unlike her lover, Hester wears the scarlet “A” on her breast as a constant reminder of her adultery and proudly refuses to betray the identity of her fellow sinner, the preacher and father of their child. In contrast, Reverend Dimmesdale continues to occupy his position of holy authority, and is revered and respected for his purity and wisdom, but his hypocrisy condemns him to a private hell.

In Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles, the author analyzes morality and justice through the heroine, a pretty and virtuous English country girl with spirit and intelligence, who falls under the perfidious influence of an evil relative from whom only murder can free her. The gloom of the English Midlands reflects the sad history of an essentially good woman struggling against the hypocritical mores of her time.

Tess is faced with the dilemma of how an innocent woman can stand up to sin and evil without resorting to evil herself. Like Hawthorne, Hardy deals with hypocrisy. Tess forgives Angel for having an affair but he doesn’t forgive Tess. Eventually, Angel forgives Tess and they leave Brazil. But when Tess murders Alec so she can be with Angel without any worries, she brings tragedy upon herself and is executed. More exclusive dissertations you can find at our site.


The Scarlett Letter

A. Justice and Morality in the Novel.

1. Relationship of Reverend Dimmisdale and Hester Prynne.

a. Different Gender Moral Standards.

2. Both are adulterers, but only Hester Prynne is held accountable.

a. Hypocrisy of Puritan Society.

b. Hester Prynne’s Reaction.

c. Reverend Dimmisdale’s Reaction.

B. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Conclusions about Morality and Justice.

Tess of the d’Urbervilles

A. Justice and Morality in the Novel.

1. Tess is Sexually Victimized by Alec.

2. Angel Has An Affair.

a. Victorian Society Accepts This.

3. Tess Forgives Angel But He Won’t Forgive Her.

a. Hypocrisy of Victorian Society.

b. Angel Unfairly Condemns Tess.

B. Thomas Hardy’s Conclusions About Morality and Justice.


  • Hardy, Thomas. Tess of the d”Urbervilles. New York: Bantam, 1992.
  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlett Letter. New York: Prentice-Hall, 1981.

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