Rebranding is not an easy thing to do yet Hester has made this happen as “ People brought all their sorrows and perplexities, and besought her counsel, as one who had herself gone through a mighty trouble.” people are coming to her for help with similar situation to what hester went through. They trust her enough to tell her their deepest sins yet at the beginning of the book she was shunned by the whole town. This displays the change that the town has taken because in the beginning of the book all they saw her as was the embodiment of the A and the sin she committed yet, now they are seeing her as a real person. Throughout the scarlet letter hester question whether or not justice was being served with her punishment. At first she was fine with the punishment but, once she saw the effect it had on her life she
Cora, a neighbor of the family, comments on Jewels love for his mother. She believes that Jewel is very selfish and he has never loved Addie. Cora claims, “when the only sin she ever committed was being partial to Jewel that never loved her and was its own punishment”(168). She claims that Jewel never loved Addi and that was Addie 's punishment because he was a sin Addi had committed and he didnt love her back in return. In everyone else’s perspective he doesn 't love Addie but in his own perspective he does love her and that 's why our own perspective is the most accurate because people judge you based on their own opinion and Jewel was making decisions that others aren 't able to
The only person to constantly antagonize Hester is Pearl. She continuously mocks her, doing things that make Hester feel bad and frustrated. Pearl is Hesters silent antagonist and she might even be better at keeping Hester from getting what she wants more than Roger. Pearl has of course caused all these events to take place with her birth, she also causes Hester to wear the A like the village did, and she as stated before mocks her for the entirety of the book. Pearl has caused all of these events to take place with her birth being the catalyst.
Then with Ginny acting like nothing was wrong, because she buried the memories away for good, Rose thought it was okay to just act like it was okay. Rose even admits that she didn’t think it was bad, because Larry said so and made her feel special compared to her sisters. After growing up, after knowing that was wrong and disgusting, the stress that must put on Ginny and Rose may have been soul crushing. Rose even deprived herself from seeing her daughters everyday and caring for them to keep them away from her father and his wicked ways. So yes, as far as we know, Ginny and Rose were more justified in their actions than Goneril and
Was this a result of her parents coming from an impoverished background or maybe her mother was also abused and instead of preventing her own child from experiencing the same traumatic event decides to turn a blind eye and instead be oblivious of the abuse occurring in her own home. Her mother picks the man over her own child’s well being and uses it as an excuse. Was her ignorance and lack of education the cause of her actions. Her mother was content with living off welfare and took out all her hatred towards the world on Precious. Precious was forced to eat, clean, and take beatings.
Self-discovery is essential to a prosperous life. In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie, the main character, discovers who she is through her relationships. Janie learns from each of her experiences, but the most significant are her husbands: Logan, Jody, and Tea Cake. Each of these people attempt to control her thoughts and actions, but Janie rebels against them. Janie stands up for what she believes in, and through these confrontations, she better understands herself.
The pejorative community Hester lived in never saw Hester as the beautiful, young woman she was, but now, as a horrible fiend. This dramatic change in views was brought solely by how the “A” represented adultery, which was extremely frowned upon at the time. Perhaps the most degrading scene involving the
Steinbeck writes, “if anyone […] treated her like a person, she would be a slave to that person.” Lennie showed her kindness, so she satisfied him by letting him touch her dress. She died for innocent reasons allowing the reader to separate themselves from the lens the book is written through, letting them see her for who she is. They recognise the microcosm of society on the ranch and social injustices women were plagued with. For many readers this is too late to adjust their mindset of her because they haven’t
Through her suffering, Hester had become an inspiring symbol of strength for the community. Women were typically unable to be a symbol of strength because they were largely oppressed. Yamin Wang furthers this by saying, “By the novel’s end, Hester has become a proto-feminist mother figure to the women of the community. Meng (2003) describes that the shame attached to her scarlet letter is long gone. Women recognize that her punishment stemmed in part from the town father’s sexism, and they come to Hester seeking shelter from the sexist forces under which they themselves suffer” (Wang 897).
These were her only tools to combat the harassment she was forced to endure, and she learned how to use them effectively. All she ever wanted was to be accepted and respected by the other members of her community, but that could never happen because no one was willing to overlook her physical appearance enough to realize that she was just as human as everyone else. This lack of acceptance influenced the maturation of her selfishness so that she currently only has the capacity to care for herself and her own needs. This is obvious to see in her behavior. She doesn’t love her children the way a mother is generally supposed to, as seen when she drowned one of her kids and set herself on fire without considering how it would impact her daughter that witnessed the ordeal.