Reverend Dimmesdale suffers a greater punishment than Hester by experiencing recurring guilt, physical harm, and Chillingworth’s torment. Dimmesdale experiences guilt after he commits adultery. As a devout Puritan minister, Dimmesdale preaches against sin. However, Dimmesdale contradicts his preaching and has an affair with Hester, a married woman. The novel begins with Hester standing on a scaffold for public shaming.
In The Scarlet Letter, a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, a narcissistic personality is seen in the character of Dimmesdale, the reverend in the Puritan town of 17th century Boston, and secret lover of Hester Prynne. Hester, having given birth to a child out of wedlock, is forced to wear the letter “A” on her chest as punishment for her adultery. She is ceaselessly insulted and ostracized by the other Puritans for the rest of her time in the town. Meanwhile, Hester refuses to reveal who her lover is and thus, Dimmesdale is able to maintain his facade of a pure and holy reverend. However, Dimmesdale belittles Hester’s suffering while punishing himself out of shame, revealing his narcissistic tendencies.
This ‘injustice,’ which is a synonym for unfairness, can be caused by something as simple as race or gender and can be found in all parts of history. In the book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the main protagonist, Hester Prynne, faces multiple accounts of injustice towards her and her child because Hester cheated on her husband with another man. In the beginning scene, she receives her punishment for this by being forced to stand on a scaffold with her child for everyone to look at with the scarlet letter ‘A’ embroidered on her chest. The crowd is so outraged at her adultery that one woman is heard saying “this woman brought shame upon us all, and ought to die” (Hawthorne). Further in the book, the townspeople continuously refer to Hester’s child, Pearl, as a ‘devil child,’ constantly connecting her to her mothers sin.
Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter tells the story of the life of Hester Prynne an adulteress forced to wear a Scarlet “A” on her bosom by the sinister Puritan society to mark her shame. As her husband seeks revenge for the unidentified lover, Arthur Dimmesdale stays wracked with guilt. The Scarlet Letters symbolism and use of allusions, metaphors, setting, irony, diction, and varied tone helps to unwrap the characters throughout the novel. Hawthornes motives for writing the The Scarlet Letter was to show how women can be equally as strong and independent as men as men can also be morally weak. Hawthorne uses his abilities to weave tone, mood, and style all into one story questioning his purpose of this tragic tale of shame and redemption.
This incident shows the reader that she wants to be taken seriously by her colleagues. It also displays that Hilly deeply treasures her reputation because of her reaction towards the situation. On the other hand, Aunt Alexandra has also shown the reader signs that she values her family’s reputation. In chapter 23 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Aunt Alexandra did not allow Scout to play with Walter Cunningham because of his poor background. She said, “Because-he-is-trash, that’s why you can’t play with him.
What may a red "A" on your bosom mean? Well for Hester Prynne, it was a punishment that she had and only her had to pay. After having a baby, Pearl, with a man that was not her husband, she was charged with adultery. She carried the punishment to her grave, but not until seven years after Pearl had been born did the father speak out. After confessing her sin, she was asked who the father was, but she did not want to give that up.
Fennel, a flowering plant species in the carrot family, is used to represent adultery and foolishness. Revealed in the first act of the play, the new King, Claudius, married the Queen, Gertrude, only days after King Hamlet’s death. Hamlet is torn apart by this, expressing anger and declaring their relationship “incestuous”. With this information, Ophelia would have gifted both Claudius and Gertrude fennel to represent the betrayal of Gertrude’s relationship with King Hamlet. Many scholars, including Linda Bamber, professor at Tufts University, argue that Gertrude was cheating on her husband with Claudius while he was still alive, and thus adultery can be used to describe both the new King and old Queen.
Down the line in the poem the farmer finds another means on how to kill the woodchucks and feel like this is the only option to get rid of them, however, wants the woodchucks to not feel the pain. The speaker starts to accumulate hatred as his humanity drives away. Kumin is illustrating the speaker as a pacifist farmer who’s wicked intent gets the best of him. Kumin also inserts two metaphors about the Holocaust, which gives a creative and new perspective on the poem, that this is what was inside the mind of Nazi troops. This has a correlation to everyone has a murderous intent deep inside.
All of these characters have either been a victim of hypocrisy or have been exposed by hypocrisy by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hester Prynne is seen as the unlawfully convicted by being burdened with the scarlet A, but does the punishment fit the crime? Hester Prynne did indeed commit adultery, but the burden of the letter A on her chest caused more harm than good. For example, the townspeople would gossip, insult, and even preach, about her while she was at church, just passing by, even while her child was present. The Puritans are so hypocritical that they claim how holy they are, but are so hateful.
Puritans, like Goodman Brown, associated the forest as a symbol of evil and sin that had been inhabited by witches and devils. Goodman Brown enters the forest knowing of such evil, he states in the story “what if the devil himself should be at my very elbow” (Hawthorne 322). Goodman Brown sees the minister and Deacon Gookin as well as many other townspeople making their way into the dark forest towards the ceremony. At this time, Nathaniel Hawthorne is displaying that many people of all ranks in religious and governmental society are sinners despite their external appearance. He holds on to the thoughts that as long as Faith remains holy, he shall find it in himself to resist the temptations of evil, but when he sees the pink ribbons from Faith’s cap his Christian faith is weakened.