Hester Prynne's Curse In The Scarlet Letter

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Hester Prynne’s Curse What if the people of today are punished for all the wrong, for the small actions that they do? In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne does an outstanding job of expressing the truth of his characters’. In the story, adults are constrained by societal expectations. Hester Prynne, the main character of The Scarlet Letter, is accused of adultery and has to wear the scarlet “A” on her chest. Hester, even after her punishment and the town forgiving her, she still kept the scarlet letter “A” on her chest. The letter became a part of her, and it is a reminder to herself that she is strong. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne endures heinous punishment due to the strict beliefs of the town, her husband, and…show more content…
The Puritans have strong beliefs where society, religion, and the family lifestyle is adjacent. Hawthorne states, “Thus, we seem to see that, as regarded Hester Prynne, the whole seven years of outlaw and ignominy had been little other than a preparation for this very hour” (Hawthorne 177). Hester Prynne has been thrown out of the community for seven years and she does not expect to follow any of the Puritan rules. She should not have to follow the rules of a place that she does not belong to.The townspeople all look at Hester as an example for a sinner. Hawthorne composes, “ Thus the young and pure would be taught to look at her, with the scarlet letter flaming on her breast,—at her, the child of honorable parents,—at her, the mother of a babe, that would hereafter be a woman, —at her, who had once been innocent, —as the figure, the body, the reality of sin” (Hawthorne 69). The little kids and the woman will see Hester an example of what will happen if they were to commit a sin. Seabrook addresses, “She's forced to stand in shame before the mass of Puritan citizens, enduring their stares, their whispers and their contempt. In the self-righteous eyes of the townspeople, she is the ultimate example of sin” (Seabrook 5). None of the townspeople want to be like Hester Prynne, she is an example of what the people should not do. The townspeople have a…show more content…
The townspeople gave Hester the punishment of wearing a scarlet letter “A” on her chest and using her as an example of a transgressor. Hester’s husband hates her for doing an adultery act while he is lost at sea. They both despise each other, because of betrayal. Though they both commit a wrong act. The Puritan religion has strict beliefs, and anyone who lives in the town must follow all the strict rules. There will be consequences for the people who do not. Hester Prynne is an example for everyone in the town. The townspeople expect her to follow all the beliefs even though she is thrown out of the community. Hester endures many punishments for different things, but along the way she learns to become strong and learns to wear the scarlet letter “A” on her chest with
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