Peal does not see her mother as a sinner because she has been isolated by puritan society and as a result does not have the same beliefs. Pearl is the illegitimate child the symbol of her parent sin, but she is also a regenerative force.”(Kate 11) So long as Dimmesdale is alive, Pearl seems to be a magnet that attracts Hester and Dimmesdale, almost demanding their reconciliation or some sort of energetic reconciliation. “ Not a pure materateralism however, but one embellished by her guilt at the child’s disordered nature and for this living result of the act of love.”(Lasser 275) Pearl and Hester are not materialistic When Dimmesdale dies, Pearl seems to lose her vigor and becomes a normal girl, able to marry and assimilate into society. The implication is thus that Pearl truly was a child of lust or love, a product of activity outside the boundaries imposed by strict Puritan
Such helpfulness was found in her, —so much power to do, and power to sympathize, —that many people refused to interpret the scarlet A by its original signification. They said that it meant Able; so strong was Hester Prynne, with a woman 's strength.” (13.3) Instead of letting this letter define her mistake she took it upon herself to remain strong and keep her head high, not only for her but for her daughter. By turning her head away from the negativity and making sure she set an example of resilience, Pearl would grow up to understand the large strength it took for her mother to stand
Matt Martin Mr. Anderson Honors English III 9 November 2017 Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a novel about Hester Prynne, a woman who commits adultery in a Puritan society, and how it affects her life. Hester not only scars her own life, but also Dimmesdale 's, who is one of the town 's ministers. Her husband has been gone for multiple years, so she expects he is dead and can love freely again. Her crime is discovered and she is nearly executed due to its extremity in the Puritan society. Hester is very lucky not to be executed for her crimes, instead, she is forced to go about life with an “A” on her chest, showing her crime so everyone can see.
The first A stands for adultery. Adultery is voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not his or her spouse. This is sin that Hester has committed with Dimmesdale. The punishment for her committing this sin is that Hester has to wear the letter A for the rest of her life so that everyone may know what she has done. The second meaning for the A is Angels.
The Unambiguous Letter A Throughout the Scarlet Letter there are several different ways that the A is seen by the community. In Puritan society the letter A was quite plainly defined as adulterer. Hester’s attitude about the A is what gives it so many different meanings. After working with the Sisters of Mercy group, the puritan people begin to see the A standing for more than adultery, but her ability to help others. The night that Governor Winthrop died and Dimmesdale stood upon the scaffold, it was said that a faint A could be seen lighting the sky.
What if two people commit the same sin and yet only one is judged? These are the deep rooted questions asked and explored in “The Scarlet Letter”. The novel takes place in a 17th century puritan community. Hester Prynne has been found guilty of being an adultress and must now wear a red scarlet “A” on her breast for the rest of her life, to show the world that she has transgressed. The adultery resulted in the birth of a child named Pearl.
During the year 1850, author Nathaniel Hawthorne published The Scarlet Letter, which expounds upon those people that lived in a puritanical society, yet willingly disobeyed their morals. Hawthorne depicted this real life situation through a secret affair between Reverend Dimmesdale and a married woman, Hester Prynne. Both characters chose to fulfill their lustful desires over remaining faithful to their religion, which led them to undergo life-altering personality changes. Through the creation of Dimmesdale and Hester, Nathaniel Hawthorne was able to use The Scarlet Letter to explicate the people who daringly rebelled against their religious probity and, as a result, drastically altered their lives and personalities. Reverend Dimmesdale, one of the main characters and one of the most notable priests in The Scarlet Letter, suffered from devastating life and personality changes because of his decision to rebel against one of the most prominent Puritan morals regarding faithful relationships.
The Crucible written by Arthur Miller is a play that expresses the life of the Puritans within Salem, Massachusetts around 1692. The Puritans had a very strict sort of lifestyle that was influenced by their religious views. This caused a theocracy-based town that had no tolerance for witches or God’s enemy -- Satan. When people were accused of being a witch, hysteria would plague the town; many innocent lives would be taken in attempts to ‘cleanse’ the town of any sign of the Devil. Arthur Miller had the Puritan way of life (and their belief system) extremely accurately; the play connects extremely well to what actually happens.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter takes place in the Massachusetts Bay colony during the 17th century. The story revolves around a young woman, named Hester Prynne, who is forced by her community to bestow a scarlet “A” on her chest for the rest of her life in order to remind her of the adulterous sin and crime she has committed. As her punishment, in the form of public humiliation, Hester is constrained to stand upon a scaffold in the town square while holding her illegitimate baby, Pearl. In the midst of the townspeople, she recognizes a familiar face; her long, lost husband who had been presumed dead at sea. He takes up the alias “Roger Chillingworth” to disguise any connection he has to Hester and to aid in his plan of revenge he has for Pearl’s father.
The stories themselves closely relate to The Bible story entitled Jesus and the Samaritan Woman. In The Scarlet Letter, Hester commits adultery which causes her to be shunned from her community in Boston. Speak’s Melinda Sordino suffered the sexual sin of another character named Andy, which caused her to be shunned from the school she was enrolled. In the story of Jesus and the Samaritan Woman, Jesus told the woman, “for you have had five husbands, and the on you now have is not your husband” (English Standard Version John 4.18). Similar to the characters in the novels, the Samaritan woman had also undergone adultery, in which she chose to commit herself.