The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is one of the most famous and influential novels written in American literature. The story takes place in the seventeenth century in the Puritan settlement of Boston where a young woman named Hester Prynne is punished after having a daughter with a man who was not her husband. Though, instead of hanging Hester they spare her life because of her beauty. She is then shunned and forced to wear a scarlet “A” (for adultery) on her breast for the rest of her life, while, the “unknown” man who Hester had an affair with moves on with a guilt-filled life. The novel is a classic romance with it’s countless symbols tossed throughout the book.
The Scarlet Letter follows the story of Hester Prynne, a woman forced by the Puritan community she resides in to wear a badge of humiliation (a shiny red A sewn to her bosom) for committing adultery. Quickly introduced to Hester’s daughter, Pearl, readers are left wondering who her father is. After several years pass, the leaders of the community, referring to Pearl as a child of the devil, attempt to take her away from her mother, deciding that Hester is incapable of raising her. However, they fail and Hester remains to care for her daughter. After years of self-punishment, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale admits to the Puritan community that Pearl is indeed his daughter, relieving his soul from the awful secrecy.
Self Deprecation for Religious Acceptance Culpability, responsibility for a fault or wrongdoing. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s tragedy The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne depicts one of the most prevalent themes in the novel to be that of guilt. The beloved town preacher, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, and a lonely potential widow, Hester Prynne, commit one of the most detrimental events to each of their individual lives. Disregarding god’s seventh commandment that “thou shalt not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). As a result of these repugnant events they are left with a daughter named Pearl, who will constantly remind them of the sin they committed and constantly bring about guilt of that same event everyday.
The Scarlet letter is set in 17th century Massachusetts in a puritan town. The novel focuses on the character Hester Prynne who is publicly shamed for having an affair and giving birth out of wedlock. As a result of her act she is forced to wear a scarlet letter “A” on her clothing at all times. Through a variety of events Hester Prynne goes through a journey of repentance to make her feelings of guilt into strength
Hester and Dimmesdale’s grief is a direct outcome of the unforgiving implications that the Puritans put on adultery. By choosing to embrace her actions, Hester flourishes and presents the scarlet letter with a new meaning. Hester has no way of hiding her sins like Dimmesdale since she is pregnant. Hester’s punishment was to stand for three hours on the scaffold and wear the scarlet letter on her chest for the rest of her life. Initially, the people of the Boston were cold and scorned Hester for her sins.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne’s sin mars her chest, but her true punishment, and salvation, dwells within her daughter, Pearl. Often described as a peculiar sprite, this impish girl proves to be a vital character in her mother’s development, and amplifies the correctional efficacy of the scarlet letter, though not in a way the Puritans had expected. Pearl is one of the few people who are able to reveal Hester’s true character, and she plays an important role in her psychological stability and support throughout the story. As the product of sin, Pearl was born into a world that despised her existence and regarded her as an extension of the scarlet letter. Hester also recognized this connection when she was facing the Bostonians upon the scaffold.
The townspeople often despised Pearl, due to her being a representation of her mother's sin. In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne describes Pearl as being a real life image as adultery. Hester is constantly reminded of her sin, just by seeing and raising Pearl everyday. Though Hester is reminded about her sin, she takes on the task of being a mother of Pearl. Hester loved Pearl, even though she had to go through a lot to keep her.
The Crucible focuses on witchcraft that takes place in Salem. Whenever Abigail speaks of a town’s person’s name involved in witchcraft she is believed by the court. Abigail’s ending hope to all her lies is to bring Elizabeth to her death. Revenge is wanted on Elizabeth due to being kicked out of the Proctor’s home because of a fling between her and Elizabeth’s husband, John. Abigail and Elizabeth both share their love for John and their personal characteristics are negative and positive.
The irony of Abigail's situation is very prominent in Act II. Previous to the Act it is learned that Abigail and John Proctor were having an affair that has now ended. Abigail does her very best to get rid of John’s wife Elizabeth,so her and John can be together. She accuses Elizabeth of witchcraft and voodoo by using what was meant to be a gift to Elizabeth to frame her for stabbing her with a needle. This is all done in an effort to bring herself and John closer together and
In The Scarlet Letter, a young women by Hester Prynne is outcasted by the entire village due to the child her had out of wedlock. The hate she comes to face is one of little to compare. Though after time she comes to earn respect for her charitableness, as seen in the quote “‘Do you see that woman with the embroidered badge?’ they would say to strangers. "It is our Hester, —the town 's own Hester, —who is so kind
In the play Abigail Williams, and Thomas Putnam’s take advantage of the pervasive fear in the village, allowing them to fulfill their selfish and exploitative motives which are what truly fuel the Salem Witch Trials. To begin with, Abigail Williams starts the accusations of witchcraft in order to fulfill her ulterior motives. We first see hints of her motives when Abigail tells John Proctor, a married man under whom she had worked that, “I am waiting’ for you every night”(1099). While Abigail worked under John and Elizabeth Proctor, she had developed feelings for John. Elizabeth removes her which angers Abigail deeply.
Carlos Martinez The book is about a girl named Hester and at the beginning of the book he secretly slept with the preacher in the town, and became pregnant, and because no unmarried man came forward, they correctly assumed a married one was involved. The town believed her punishment should be to wear the letter A as a sign of her sin, which made her an outcast in a society that prided itself on conformity The scarlet letter begins as a symbol for adultress; it is meant to be a symbol of shame. The scarlet letter the core of the story line revolves around a movement known as the Puritan. The Puritan movement began when King Henry declared England 's independence from the Church of Rome and he appointed himself head of the new Church of England. King Henry did this because he wanted to divorce his wife Catherine of Aragon in order to marry Anne Boleyn.