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The Scarlet Letter - The Pillory The pillory stands tall as "the very ideal of ignominy" amongst the Puritans (52). Its way of discipline involves the convicted criminal position on a scaffold, in some instances with their heads confined, for the rest of the population to gaze upon with disdain. It's an outrage against common nature for the offender to be prohibited to hide his face for shame. By definition, the term "ugly" means morally reprehensible or at fault; therefore, ugly best explains this technique of public humiliation for a type of punishment. As the pillory blatantly defies human nature, so also do the Puritans resist character by imitating this type of practice. Thus, the pillory embodies the ugliness of Puritan society. The Puritans' sense of justice is composed of making the ones they deem sinners an item of public mockery and a shameful example to the remaining people. The pillory is depicted as a "contrivance of wood and iron" assembled in such a way that it was "designed as to confined the human head in its tight grasp, and thus hold...