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How does Hawthorne characterize the disciplining of children in the early days of the Boston Colony?


Hawthorne characterizes the disciplining of children in the early days of the Boston Colony as more severe than now. Parents used a rod to beat their children, not only as a form of punishment, but also as part of a routine of encouraging righteousness and virtue of their children.


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1. How does Hester account for the aspects of Pearl’s character that trouble her?
2. How does Hawthorne characterize the disciplining of children in the early days of the Boston Colony?
3. Cite some examples of the grim games played by the Puritan children.
4. What was the first object Pearl seemed to be aware of as an infant?