By choosing to have an affair even though she was married, Hester created a life for herself that was filled with “guilt, sinkings of heart, and misfortune” because of her choice to disobey her religious morals (Hawthorne 150). Although she was extremely embarrassed of her actions, believing that she was even unworthy of death, Hester forced herself to live beyond her tragic situation and use it to grow as a person and strengthen her view on standing against the Puritan probity that the town was based upon. In order to punish her, the town forced Hester to wear a scarlet “A” upon her breast, which was meant to represent a “badge of shame” (Hawthorne 150). Through the scarlet hue of the “A”, as well as it being located above Hester’s heart, Hawthorne was able to reference the symbol of a heart that he consistently used throughout the book to describe her mentality. At this point in Hester’s life, the ignominious letter upon her breast symbolized “drops of bitterness” and guilt beginning to fill her heart.
When Hester is forced to the scaffold the first time she gets emotionally berated for her sin as the scaffold starts defining who she is. She becomes unstable and afraid of what people think. She can’t try to defend herself as she has a chance to be killed for what she has done, so she takes the heat without letting anyone know who her spouse is. They said that she could take the
Hester not only was exiled in people’s thoughts, people took physical action to show their disgust and hatred towards her. “Behold, verily the women of the Scarlet Letter, and of the truth of moreover there is a likeness of the Scarlet Letter, running along by her side come therefore, and let us fling mud at them”(Hawthorne 90). This quote shows that the kids were taught that she was a bad person because she committed adultery. The parents instilled in the little kids minds that she should not be allowed to be a part of their society. The kids took it in their own hands to show the hatred because they were taught that she was an extremely bad
Hester has committed a sin that required two people, yet she bears the burden of shame alone. Hester soley takes the blame from her mistake, refusing to give up the name of the man she had an affair with. She accepts the endless amount of shame the village throws at her. As she walks out of the prison cradling her daughter, Pearl, the townspeople watch her in contempt. They whisper and glare as she walks up to the podium where she will face the public shaming or consequences of her sin, “It was, in short, the platform of the pillory; and above it rose the framework of that instrument of discipline, so fashioned as to confine the human head in its tight grasp, and thus hold it in the public graze”
How the Scarlet Letter Transforms Hester In The Scarlet Letter, when Hester is first brought out on the scaffold to by publically shamed for her ignominy, Arthur Dimmesdale pleads with her to name him as her fellow sinner so that he will not have to reveal himself when he exclaims, "Be not silent from any mistaken pity and tenderness for him; for, believe me, Hester, though he were to step down from a high place, and stand there beside thee, on thy pedestal of shame, yet better were it so, than to hide a guilty heart through life.” Hester refuses him and Dimmesdale goes unnamed and unpunished until the very end of the story. While Dimmesdale refuses to accept responsibility for his sin, Hester embraces the shame of the community. It is this difference which causes Dimmesdale enormous amounts of guilt and pain while Hester in able to find peace with herself and with her situation. By confessing her sin, Hester is able to move on and uses her punishment as a means to grow and improve
He is an antagonist of the story. He is deeply plagued by his consciousness about his immoral affair with Hester. He feels guilty because he is keeping the truth from his congregation and letting Hester suffer alone. He is a round character who is able to change in the end. He decides to redeem himself by confessing to the crowd in his last sermon.
The Puritans saw God as being very involved within their lives, going so far as to punish the Puritans for not following the word He as written for them to follow. Wigglesworth showcases this idea in his poem. He states the harsher facts of being a Puritan and details who will reach salvation and who will be condemned. Willard shows the depths to which Puritans must go through to please their Lord. Willard describes the horrors one lady had to go through, because she did not follow the words of God.
We see the judge 's of their actions, what the judge 's punishment for the characters ' actions, and the characters self-aware of how their choices and behavior will be judged. We also see two different ways that moral judgement happens. What’s the opinion of the reader on the moral judgement of these characters love. When we look at the actions that the character’s have committed in these two reading both characters Francesca and Sharon commit adultery. In Dante, Gods the judge of their actions, but in Do You Know Where I Am David Sharon 's husbands the judge.
The rising action is when Hester Prynne is given her punishment for the crime of adultery. Her punishment is to wear the scarlet “A” on her bosom for the rest of her life, the scarlet letter is not only a punishment but a symbol throughout the book. Of sin, and of a reminder to Hester on her crime. The climax of the story is a major event that changes the story of the book in some ways. The climax is when Mr. Dimmesdale confesses to his own crime that leaves everyone shocked.
Essentially, Tolstoy teaches his readers that adultery has two layers: the inner realm (emotional) and of course the external realm (physical). Meaning that the act of adultery consists of a cause and effect relationship. The physical act of breaking marital commitments is a direct product of the soul lusting for an individual from a third party. In a close analysis of adultery in his works, “The Kreutzer Sonata” and Anna Karenina, it is obvious that Tolstoy designates the subject as a matter of unclean hearts. “So then if, while (her) husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an