Should any of the punishment methods from the Puritan times be used today? Can you find any examples of those types of punishment used around the world?

According to some people, Puritan punishments were made to humiliate above all physical or emotional pain. It was thought to be the most effective. The most common forms of punishments were wearing a letter (just like in “The Scarlet Letter”), the ducking stool, whipping, and execution. In those colonial times, nothing made a magistrate happier than a public confession of guilt and an open expression of remorse.

I personally think this type of punishment should not be used today. I feel they can be too harsh and strange. They are really exaggerated and humiliating. Puritans used to do public whippings which nowadays I believe it is not permitted. Nowadays people really do not care about adultery, kids cursing their parents, and other crimes that were severe in those times. Today the people who commit crimes are sent to jail, some are executed, in some countries people are killed depending on how severe the crime they commit is.

It is hard to find an example of those types on punishment used around the world now. A punishment that nowadays is still used is execution but it is not permitted in every country.



Why did I chose that scene

In our Scarlet Letter comic we chose those scenes because we thought it would be right to start from the beginning of the story. We have four different scenes throughout the comic. At the beginning we did the outside of the prison of the rose bush. The second shows Hester standing on the scaffold in front of the whole town. In the third Chillingworth is telling Hester not to say anything and finally in the last one Chillingworth is giving medicine to Hester and the baby. We chose the scenes in beginning we thought were really important.

How should people be punished for the crimes they commit?

Thousands of crimes are committed all the time. The criminals are punished by being sent to jail. I believe that every criminal has a reason for committing the crime. Every crime is punished differently because it all depends on how severe it is. I personally think each case should have its punishment depending on what the reason of the crime was. Someone could have committed a crime for self-defense and someone could commit a crime for jealousy reasons so the person who was just defending himself shouldn’t be punished the same way as the jealous person. Even though self defense is hard to prove.

I think jail and fines are the best way to punish someone for their crimes. Execution can have its advantages but it is wrong because later it may turn out that the person was innocent. Execution does no good to the victim of the crime.

Exiles are okay for some cases.

I also think rehabilitation is a good way to punish someone because rehabilitation can help the criminal change for good. But for some criminals it wouldn’t help at all.