Dimmesdale is petrified of speaking up and owning his wrongdoings; Dimmesdale sees himself as a coward, just as men in the same predicament feel. Women in today’s society of often contemned because of adulterous acts. In the novel, Hester was also treated the same. The Scarlet Letter shows how other women feel about Hester and her sin by stating: “This woman has brought shame to all of us, and she ought to die” (1). Puritan women in the novel saw adultery as a terrible sin, just as women today shame others who have committed the act.
Committing a crime will most likely lead to time in jail which is what happened to Hester. Once released from prison the townspeople, which was gathered around the jail, saw Hester in all her beauty with her “dark and abundant hair, so glossy that it threw off the sunshine with a gleam,” (Hawthorne 51). The sun’s refusal to shine onto Hester is correlated to Hester’s refusal minutes before to reveal her lover to the town and her husband. Society may know her secret but they don’t know the full story. Because Hester is a part of the Puritan society, she realizes and knows her sin is almost unforgivable and is sometimes even punished with death.
The Puritian community feels the importance of separating Pearl from Hester, as they believe that her sin would tempt Hester to do more scandalous things. Pearl is constantly compared to the letter throughout the novel as she illustrates both Hester’s and Dimmesdale’s passion. Later in the novel, readers are able to be aware that both Hester and her lover dimmesdale are unable to forget the sin that they both committed as Pearl drives them towards confession and acceptance. Pearl acts as a disruptor within the story as she embodies both of her parents’ sins. Her unique behaviour forms an idea that she realizes more what’s happening to Hester’s situation than people let out to
Hester is forced to be paraded through the streets like a criminal, but in the townspeople 's eyes, she is a criminal. The following quote expresses how she feels when the entire town’s eyes are upon her burdened soul. “Measured by the prisoner 's experience, however, it might reckoned a journey of some length; for, haughty as her demeanor was, she perchance underwent an agony from every footstep of those that thronged to see her, as if her heart had been flung in the street for them all to spurn and trample upon.” (Hawthorne 52). She was both avoided and accosted as she walks the streets amongst the townspeople who are so quick to judge her. Through all of this, Hester still had the fortitude to continue on.
Even going as far as to use The Puritan church, The Puritan people, and The Puritan religion, to help prove his point. His own grandfather was involved in the 1692 Salem Witch Trials as a judge, and wrote The Scarlet Letter and The Crusival in honor of his grandfather. Nathaniel Hawthorne put a lot of thought into each of his novels carefully planning were hypocrisy would be used. Therefore, he emphasized The Puritan people's hypocrisy because they were the most hypocritical of all the characters. Hypocrisy played the biggest role in The Scarlet Letter defining each character's qualities, exposing each of their sins, and informing the character of the corrupt
She is finally redeemed when her and Dimmesdale confess and ask for forgiveness. Everyone sins, but accepting the sin, learning from the sin, and changing is what makes Hester admirable. More people today she be like Hester and not give up when something goes
Although Hester started to act in a completely selfless way, she still received the same amount of hatred she did years ago when she stood upon the scaffold and received her scarlet letter. As seen above, the evidence proves that the Puritan women were going against the polite etiquette they were supposed to follow and the lesson Jesus taught in the
The townspeople want justice, even if they have to overlook the truth. Some may see Hester Prynne as a heterodox or maybe even petulant, but still many people continue to judge her. The townspeople show asperity toward Hester Prynne and also little pearl. Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale is a prime example of self-judgment. “...I witheld myself from doing seven years ago, come hither now, and twine thy strength about me!...Come, Hester, come!
For this sin, she must wear a symbol of shame for the rest of her life. She is a beautiful, young woman who has sinned, but is forgiven. Hawthorne portrays Hester as "divine maternity" and she can do no wrong. Not only Hester, but also the physical scarlet letter, a sign of shame, is shown as a beautiful, gold and colorful piece which
The people in the crowd are described as cold and “a people amongst whom religion and law were almost identical.” (47) The description of the people portrays Puritanism as a religion of punishment and without forgiveness, no matter what the penalty. The women in this scene abhor Hester and view her as a malefactress who “has brought shame upon us all, and ought to die.” (49) 2. Hester Prynne is described as a beautiful, tall, young, elegant, graceful, brunette, and ladylike. Her most dominant characteristic is the scarlet letter embroidered on her bosom, reflecting how her sin is the only thing the Puritans see when they look at her. 3.