The people began to notice her more as the person she is, rather than what the scarlet “A” defined her as “The letter was the symbol of her calling. Such helpfulness was found in her,--so much power to do, and power to sympathsize,-- that many people refused to interpret the scarlet A by it’s original signification. They said that it meant Able; so strong was Hester Prynne, with a woman’s strength”(168.) On the other hand Dimmesdale went down a different path, he did not confess his sin, this led to
Oftentimes people’s actions can result in unforeseen negative outcomes despite the intentions that motivated the action. Whether this is because of a lack of understanding or simply because of the random way that things play out, the one who took the initial action will still often be accused for the uncontrollable subsequent events. This was as true in 1692 as it is today. During the Salem witch trials, Arthur Miller’s character Reverend Hale from The Crucible experiences this very thing. Reverend Hale goes through a drastic change through events that he wasn’t accountable for and earns both appreciation and sympathy through his ultimate decisions.
In the romantic novel, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne portrays Roger Chillingworth as the prime example of pure evil. Chillingworth is characterized as a symbol for evil because Hawthorne illustrates him and his thoughts as being associated with the devil and Hell. Through Hawthorne’s descriptions, Chillingworth’s malevolent ideas and eagerness to expose Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmesdale are revealed. Consequently, Chillingworth serves as the antagonist in the novel because of his plot to seek vengeance on and torment Dimmesdale. Through the use of figurative language and syntax, Chillingworth’s description and his actions symbolize him as a mysterious and wild evil doing the devil’s bidding.
Sin in The Scarlet Letter “Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear.” Saint Catherine of Siena once said. Silence through fear is something that Nathaniel Hawthorne explores in his works, especially the scarlet letter where he shows the contrast of keeping a sin inside, and wearing your sin on your sleeve, “proclaim the truth.” Coping with sin is something that all humans must do because of our inherent flaws; in Hawthorne’s stories he shows through several characters, the ways to cope with sin. “Young Goodman Brown”, another one of Hawthorne's more famous works also explores sin. The main character learns that all people sin and are naturally evil. He refuses to accept this and chooses to not cope with sin at all because he doesn't want to believe that it's there.
Miller writes, “Parris: Now Mr. Hale’s returned, there is hope, I think - for if he brings even one of these to God, that confession surely damns the others in the public eye, and none may doubt more that they are all linked to Hell. This way, unconfessed and claiming innocence, doubts are multiplied, many honest people will weep for them, and our good purpose is lost in their tears”.(128). This clearly shows understatement because they act like it is no
Hawthorne demonstrates the effects of sin on the lives and reputations of Hester, Dimmesdale, Pearl, and Chillingworth. Although many might argue, especially given the Puritan setting of the novel, that public confrontation of sin tarnishes a person’s reputation, Hawthorne’s recurring motif of sin serves to make a broader point about the dangers of repressing sin. The Scarlet Letter suggests that the acknowledgement of sin as an innate aspect of humanity ultimately fosters personal growth. Mentions of sin recur frequently throughout Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. For instance, Hawthorne describes Hester’s holding Pearl as “taint[ed] of deepest sin” (Hawthorne 85).
Hawthorne continues to applaud Hester for her lifestyle she is trying to live eventhough it was the Puritans that made her go through a life of embarresment and suffering. "Except for that small expenditure in the decoration of her infant, Hester bestowed all her superfluous means in charity, on wretches less miserable than herself, and who not infrequently insulted the hand that fed them.” Hawthorne praises her further here and disapproves of the Puritan society because they can’t see Hester’s true personality and
One action, a split second decision can undo all good deeds in a person 's life. This often occurs in novels such as The Crucible by Arthur Miller or The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne where characters make a life altering decision that causes them pain in the end. These character traits are used so often it becomes something of a stereotype, similar to the characters’ personalities in these iconic novels. The authors use cliches to express the idea that kind hearted people can become sinners despite their goodness. Through all of the symbolism in the story, Hawthorne clears up any confusion by saying that good people, like all others, commit sins.
In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and in Herman Melvilles”s Moby Dick, the main antagonists are Roger Chillinworth and Captain Ahab. Both of these characters act in a way that is portrayed as evil and can be compared because of their similarity. Roger Chillingworth’s actions can be considered evil because of the effect it has on the main characters in The Scarlet Letter. One particular even where he is obviously portrayed as evil is when he tricks the townspeople into thinking he is merely a physician caring for an ill priest, Arthur Dimmesdale. Dimmesdale had recently committed adultery with Chillingworth’s wife and he was looking for revenge.
Although her work was highly praised, some critics felt that Christine argued with the intent to only defend those women who were virtuous and who had prestige in their society or were held to a higher reputation than others. This can be seen as in The Book of the City of Ladies, she uses examples of women who were scholars, saints, and good wives to establish her argument about why women were worthy of the city. She does not speak about women who were involved in activities or who were part of the culture that most people in medieval society looked down upon (e.g. prostitutes). Her choice to only write about these women made her a product of her time, as many medieval women readers and writers had a clear appreciation for those women who were of nobler