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Honor and the scarlett letter

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Other Than Honorable Discharge from Military has Similarities to the 'Scarlet Letter'

In 'The Scarlet Letter' Nathaniel Hawthorne explores inclusion and exclusion in Puritan Boston. Hester Prynne is exposed to public humiliation and exclusion for breaking societal standards and having a child out of wedlock. Veterans experience similar exclusion and dishonor. When they are discharged with the label of "Other Than Honorable," they are marked with a figurative Scarlet Letter, ashamed and unable to gain veterans' benefits.

Literature Psychology Ethics Classics war

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AIR DATE: 12/12/2013

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