Hester Prynne The Heroine In The Scarlet Letter

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Although Hester Prynne is the heroine of The Scarlet Letter, it is impossible to fully identify or sympathize with her. Do you agree? The half century between 1625 and 1675 is called Puritan period. In that period The Scarlet letter was one of the famous novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne about the puritans. In that period “It had two chief objects; the first was personal righteousness; the second was civil and religious liberty. In other words, it aimed to make men honest and to make them free” (Long, William.J.2013.p186). Hawthorne observe the people of that period who were disposed to judge and questions if they were innocent inside as they present themselves to be.
In The Scarlet letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne we know that Hester Prynne is the heroine in
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At first it symbolizes Adultery but we come to know that the meaning changes to Able with the strong action of Hester. In different novels we see women have such characters to title themselves as heroin. Just like that we see Hester as a heroin of Puritan Society facing all the punishments and sin by her own, willing to stand on her own as a single mother to Pearl. Hester accepted the nature of good and evil, also the effects of a belief in sin. It says that in Puritan period “much of the literature of the period is somber in character; it sadness rather than inspires us” (Long, William.J.2013.p190) Just like the heroine Hester Prynne in the novel The Scarlet letter, Hawthorne clearly identify and sympathies her with her actions which give a unique perspective. She changes herself into strong women. All her time in prison made her a stronger woman. Most of the Puritan Women will not be as strong enough to survive and face the hardship like Hester Prynne did. So in the novel she can be perfectly sympathizing as a
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