‘This scarlet letter is his mark!’” (Hawthorn 127). Sin is the mark of the devil on a person. It is his way of saying, “I own this person.” In a sense the devil has claimed Hester as his own.
“It’s okay to not be perfect. It’s okay to make mistakes. It’s okay to do something that you wish you hadn’t done, because if we don’t do those things we never grow.”- Dawn Stanyon. Hester Prynne was one of the main characters in the book The Scarlet Letter
The book The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne has symbolism all throughout it. People and objects are symbolic of events and thoughts. Throughout the book, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses Hester, Pearl, and Arthur Dimmesdale to signify philosophies that are evident during this time period. Hester Prynne, through the eyes of the Puritans, is an extreme sinner; she has gone against their ways, committing adultery. For this sin, she must wear a symbol of shame for the rest of her life.
The Scarlet Letter Symbolism Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote the book The Scarlet Letter that took place in the puritan age in the 1800´s, he´s a anti-transcentist who believes deep down humans are messed up and mostly dark and sin, sickness, and evil beings. Hester Prynne, the mother of Pearl and the protagonists of this story, and is forced to wear the scarlet letter ¨A¨ on the dresses for the rest of her life because she committed adultery with Minister Dimmesdale. Hester went through pain, and humility feeling guilty for committing such a sin. Minister Dimmesdale the other sinner who had sex with Hester and kept it to himself keeping the secret from the town, led him to a deadly guilt residing in him and father of Pearl called the ¨Demon child and the…... ¨, In his novel, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses the symbolism of the Scarlet Letter, Dimmesdale, and Hester to contribute to the overall theme of guilt.
If Hester keeps refusing to reveal her secret lover she could perish from the sun’s neglect because the sun is what makes life possible. Hester sinned but her greatest punishment isn’t from her actual sin it’s from secrecy. Hester had a baby, named Pearl- a human symbol of the “A”- and when she grew older she would walk with her mother in the woods. One day as they were walking Pearl said to Hester “the sunshine does not love you. It runs away and hides itself, because it is afraid of something on your bosom,” (Hawthorne 174).
Rough draft two “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9. In the book The Scarlet Letter Mr. Author Dimmesdale, one of the main characters should have considered this verse while deciding to confess his sin. Unfortunately, Dimmesdale committed adultery with a beautiful girl named Hester Prim. Hester was punished for what she had done, and her and her new little girl went to live in exile.
The “A’” significance and manifestation all pertain to sin. The Scarlet Letter is a Book written by Nathaniel Hawthorne that shows the true meaning of sin and guilt through another person's life in puritan society. Hester Prynne a lonely women departed from her ugly husband in england,commits infidelity or adultery with local preacher Dimmsdale and has a daughter out of the sin that was committed. To punish Hester she was forced to where a Large “A’” on her breast,to let everyone know what she has done. The Letter “A’” has different meaning to different people throughout the book.
But the most disheartening part of this story is that even on her deathbed Marie was still not able to reclaim her power. This scene serves as a metaphor to represent how native Americans are never able to get their strength back from the white
This portrait, however, is somewhat flawed as it appears that in Ann’s case at least, the parents of the afflicted must have a strong influence with the child, as did the other adult accusers. Initially, Ann was fed names by her parents and minister”(-Minerdescent). The girls that were tricked into believing that the accused were guilty were most likely convinced that this was pious and that God wanted them to accuse the innocent. Or the girls might be influenced by their religion, reverends, and ministers. “These evil spirits are all around….
Is the fact that she sheltered her kids; to the extent where it had a negative effect. Her devotion and drive to keep her kids from becoming like their father may have been coming from a sincere place; however it only caused harm to their relationship. This can be shown when Jenny Lynn finds one of her offspring reading a book and decides to take matters into her own hands: (Pg.40) " my sisters one by one discovered my father's bedroom... my mother's reaction was always abrupt, bordering on the angry...and once I saw her slap my youngest sister so hard." Despite the fact that she disliked books and sees it as a waste of time.
Hawthorne uses many forms of rhetoric to portray his characters, but relies heavily on pathos in the instance of Hester Prynne. She’s a member of an inherently misogynistic society, and because she’s a woman, her every act is scrutinized. As punishment for her act of adultery, Hester is ordered to adorn her chest with a permanent scarlet letter. Although the audience is well aware of the atrocity of the sin she’s committed, Hawthorne’s writing sparks a feeling of empathy within the reader. Throughout the novel, the reader is exposed to several clear uses of pathos.
Transcending the Untranscendable German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” Nietzsche’s proclamation would be in direct opposition to Puritan societies of the 1600s. Throughout history, social movements have often been led by society’s youth. The Free Speech Movement of the 20th century originated on a college campus, and spread rapidly across the country, inspiring copious amounts of youth activism in protesting the Vietnam War. As Nietzsche suggests, a governing body is at great fault when they encourage and require conformity from their youth.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s iconic novel, The Scarlet Letter, is not only a blunt critique of Puritan society but also something of a transcendentalist manifesto. An avid proponent of the American transcendentalist movement during the 1800’s, Hawthorne used his writing to disseminate this ideology to the general public. Transcendentalism was an artistic and philosophic ideology that placed emphasis on the individual and was critical of social conformity. As a result, transcendentalists denounced organized and institutionalized religion because they thought individuals ought to create and follow their own moral compass rather than submitting themselves to others’ interpretations of the divine. Owing to this aspect of the philosophy most transcendentalists
Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth all have sinned, although the question remains at the end of the book, has God forgiven the characters? Hawthorne writes where each side can be defended with points but the forgiven side exceeds the unforgiven. Whether or not from a biblical standpoint or an allegorical standpoint, there are a few signs in which the answer can be concluded. With all outlooks on the book and the story that it tells, they are forgiven.
Enough evidence was given in the book that Hester deserves the punishment. To prove that she does, Hester was raised as a Puritan so she knew what would be the consequences she has committed adultery and is left with a baby alone to raise without a father role model. As well she is not suited to be a mother. She can’t keep Pearl.