As seen by Hester, her ultimate defining sin was her Scarlet Letter, which symbolized the adultery she committed. For Hester, she had no way of planning the events that happened to her because of the sin she committed. “Tomorrow would bring its own trial with it, so would the next day and the next; each day its own trial, and yet the very same that was now so utterlysaby grievous to be borne….She would become a general symbol”(Hawthorne 74). The quote appeals to the reader’s senses because in today’s realm of things, we do not have to think that we are gonna be put in isolation. We also do not wake up everyday and know that the day is gonna be bad just because of something that occurred in the past.
The scarlet letter representing her sin and the evil within, she raised her child to be a free thinking spirit. As men decided if she should keep her child, she pleaded that her daughter was a living reminder of her sin and a constant punishment. Meanwhile her companion of sin, Dimmesdale, was keeping quiet with a secret all his own. He did not find public penitence due to his cowardliness but he soon
In The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne shows strength and the ability to overcome great trial and turmoil in her life, yet the guilt and shame sometimes overwhelms her. She is forced to wear the scarlet letter “A” at all times as a reminder of her crime. Hester’s view of her scarlet letter varies throughout the book from a shameful curse to a familiar companion. Despite all of this, Hester still chooses to stay. She later speculates on human nature and social organization, pondering whether existence is worth accepting at all.
In fact it can be considered as one of the darkest times in history. In the novel , The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne tells a story about a puritan woman who commited adultery and was not killed only because she was conceived. She was judged by nearly everyone in her town, even years later when her daughter grew up. If anyone were to be nice or even treat her in a good way they would be viewed as an enemy so nobody even dared. The townspeople all wanted to be apart of a group and that group consisted of shunning anyone who disobeyed the Ten Commandments.
What the Puritans did not see coming was that, like Justine Sacco, Hester would not let this shame ruin her life. She would not let the judgement of others define who she is, and who she was going to be. She transforms her life, refusing to let her mistake define her. Throughout The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne's uses the shame she receives as her motivation to transform herself from an adulterer, to an angel, to able. Hester has committed a sin that required two people, yet she bears the burden of shame alone.
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.
Despite all these, Ruth is a true embodiment of motherhood as shown from the time she gave birth to her child until she died. When she met Mr. Bellingham for the second time, she refused to give her a hand in marriage citing that she would not allow his son to live with a person who had once caused her pain by abandoning hersaying, “all the days of my years since I have gone about with a stain on my hidden soul—a stain which made me loathe myself, [...] even I have cowered away from God Himself; and what I did wrong then, I did blindly to what I should do now if I listenedto you.”(Gaskell388) Ruth finds the strength in herself to say no to Mr. Bellingham. She has forgiven herself and knows that if she were to marry him she would be making the same mistake all over again. Ruth was ready to protect heronly child from his ownfather. When
Hester’s main conflict is external. She had an affair and was accused of committing adultery by the town. She struggles to live with herself and does not know what her true identity is. “But in lapse of the toilsome, thoughtful and self-devoted years that made up Hester's life, the scarlet letter ceased to be a stigma which attracted the worlds scorn and bitterness, and became a type of something to be sorrowed over, and looked upon with awe, yet with reverence too (Hawthorne 225).” At the end of the novel, Hester finally learns to accept herself for what she really is. She no longer views the scarlet letter as a burden of shame.
In his writing, Nathaniel Hawthorne creates a new female-image, one that focuses on remaining a pure reputation. WHile Hester suffered from ridicule and shame from her neighbors, she presents feminist spirit in her conscious. Hester develops a strong spirit and mind. Wang notes that the feminism is carefully placed throughout the story. He analyzes Hester's refusal and determination when she is asked who the father of her baby is.
How do the poets effectively explore a young person 's need to belong? In the poem Heidi with blue hair (1980) a girl decides to dyed her hair blue and for this she’s sent home. The headmistress is arguing with her that blue is not a school color, even though there was no rule against it she’s punished. Although the situation her father stands up and defends her child. Her father does not want to mention her mother 's death but somehow they believe that the rebellious attitude is due to the trauma she has suffered.