Essay On Purine In The Scarlet Letter

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Hester, having lived among a Puritan doctrine for so long, cannot help but be influenced by it, and although she did what she did out of love, she does see her act as a sin. She is self-aware, penitent and rather dutiful to the puritan society and she bears her punishment according to the dogma humbly. For the seven solitary years, it is told that “Hester never battled the public, but submitted; uncomplainingly ...she never raised her head to receive their greeting. If they were resolute to accost her, she laid her finger on the scarlet letter, and pass on” (Hawthorne 92). Yet, she never succumbs to the community’s thoughts about her. She feels guilty for her action, but she is not ashamed of her own person or self. In his book, The Cycle of American Literature: An Essay in Historical Criticism, Robert E. Spiller explains, “Although Hester suffers enormously from the shame of her public disgrace and the isolation of her punishment, in her inmost heart she can never accept the Puritan interpretation of her act.…show more content…
As part of her penance, Hester chooses to give to the poor, despite her own poverty and despite the fact that the poor also look down on her as a sinful woman. She also takes up needlework. She works so diligently and is so kind to others that people begin to reinterpret the scarlet letter. They note that Hester is very capable, and that there is clearly goodness in her – the kind of goodness that always protects and helps people in difficult times: “The letter was the symbol of her calling. Such helpfulness was found in her, —so much power to do, and power to sympathize, —that many people refused to interpret the scarlet A by its original signification. They said that it meant Able; so strong was Hester Prynne, with a woman 's strength” (Hawthorne
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