Because of “the minister’s own will” (Hawthorne 198), he could escape the torment from his moral maze. He found his true self that eventually led to him confessing his sin. In the Puritan way of life, confessing a sin creates high-risk because the repercussions could consist of harsh punishment. Therefore, it took a lot for Hester and Dimmesdale to confess their sin of adultery. The sin they committed produced serious turmoil for them, but they both figured out how to deal with it.
Dimmesdale’s Punishment in The Scarlet Letter Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, a brilliant spokesperson and a devout and wise Puritan minister in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, is the lover of a woman who commits adultery, Hester Prynne. Hester, a recognizable adulteress, wears the scarlet letter and lives as an outcast. Contradicting, Reverend Dimmesdale’s sin stays hidden from the Puritan community, known only to Hester and himself. As a minister, Dimmesdale believes he should suffer from punishments the way Hester did for committing the same crime, which leads him to fall into a terrible mental and physical state. Reverend Dimmesdale suffers a greater punishment than Hester by experiencing recurring guilt, physical harm, and Chillingworth’s torment.
The letter “A” she wore symbolized adultery and having Pearl makes her sin more obvious. Pearl was even raised to believe she came from sin when Hester says, “Thy Heavenly Father sent thee!”(Hawthorne). Pearl then responds, “I have no Heavenly Father!”(Hawthorne). This demonstrates that because she was born from an adulterous relationship, she has been raised to believe she has
Another reason Dimmesdale should have confessed his sins was that Hester should not have to bear the burden of shame alone. Since Dimmesdale was hiding, Hester, the woman who committed the sinful crime with Dimmesdale, was fully responsible for the crime they had both committed. It was unfair to Hester to bear the heavy guilt alone. If Dimmesdale really loved Hester, he would have sacrificed his job and his pride for her. Hester would feel free to be herself if she did not feel solely responsible for their
Both Dimmesdale and Hester commited the same sin of adultery, resulting in Pearl. However, because Hester confessed the sin early on, she had the rest of her life to try and change the purpose of her scarlet A to mean something more than just sin. Which she succeeds in, the people refused to interpret the scarlet letter for sin and instead for “Able.” Soon after, the people had almost forgotten what the original meaning of the scarlet letter was. On the contrary Dimmesdale doesn’t confess his sin and lives a terrible life of self-harming and guilt.Yet, in the end he confesses on the scaffold and dies at
Women would be paid money to sleep with men — married or not. This was viewed as illegal fornication by the church, and was thus considered a sin to the religion. However, the church later corrected their words to a paradoxical lesser sin, or necessary sin. In 1458, the Grand Council of Venice declared that prostitution was absolutely indispensable to the world.” Although the medieval society was vehemently against men having sexual encounters with other women than their significant others, most acknowledged that prostitution served as a protection to prevent respectable townswomen (middle, upper class women) from getting sexually harassed, abused, or raped. The church emphasized on the fact that prostitution was morally wrong, therefore, to reinforce the law, prostitutes were require to wear a type of distinctive clothing to set them apart from ‘decent’ women and to avoid confusion if one got mixed up.
She is a blasphemous Christian, as murder that is a heinous deed in all cultures is absolutely unacceptable. Her willingness and lack of morality to commit this murder classifies her as a ‘false Christian’, and she believes she is as capable of the immoral and cruel actions of the opposite sex. It also shows her devotion and unconditional support for her husband for him to achieve success. However this
We are all sinners, no matter how hard we try to hide our faults, they always seem to come back, one way or another. Written in the 19th century, Nathaniel Hawthorne shows us Hester Prynne and how one sin can change her life completely. Hester Prynne changes a great deal throughout The Scarlet Letter. Through the view of the Puritans, Hester is an intense sinner; she has gone against the Puritan way of life committing the highest act of sin, adultery. For committing such a sinful act, Hester must wear the scarlet letter while also having to bear stares from those that gossip about her.
The scarlet letter symbolizes adultery, and acceptance. Hester shares the physiological stress of the sinful act of adultery in her chest. The fact that she did not reveal the partner, says she wants to save someone else's dignity and reputation than herself. The Scarlet Letter is embraced by Hester, but signifies the shame and malignant reputation that is to come. After being in prison for
Although Hester’s sin is different than Adam and Eve’s, the Puritan community still took action to her sin and punishes her by making her wear the letter A on her chest showing everyone that she had committed adultery and was unable to follow the 6th commandment (Thou shalt not commit adultery) in the Bible. “Along with that meaning came a fixed judgement of good or evil. But their view of meaning is shown up as native at the outset of the story, for that moment that the rake begins, that supposedly immutable meaning has already been undermined by Hester’s artistic and beautiful interpretation of the letter” (86). Although people view hester’s letter as a bad symbol, Hester is not afraid of what she has done. She gave birth to her wonderful child,
Women in literature were given a negative image because a society ruled by men decided who they should be and they just complied with their standards. By complying with their standards they lost their liberty, and that is why the women who didn’t comply were frowned
(20-21)”. The Nurse acquired the sensibility that Medea lacked. Even if Medea’s actions can be somewhat rationalized or explained, murdering the aforesaid kids is unjustifiable. Although it can be argued that Medea wasn’t the only character with a damaged moral compass. Jason used Medea for his own personal gain and shortly disowned her which is a large transgression.
The point Jones’ maybe about misogyny being “the inevitable result” is directly reflected by the relationship Hamlet had with Ophelia and Gertrude. The lack of a strong women role in Hamlet, or even a women that loved Hamlet produced a misogynistic mindedness. He only had two women in his life to was “inevitable” who collective destroyed his view of women. If Hamlet would of had a more model mother or a love interest with a woman who loved him back, he wouldn’t have been misogynistic. The result of his mother being a heartless whore and Ophelia being a complete pushover and coward lead to Hamlet hating all women.
Feminism is the philosophy advocating equal political, economic, and social rights for women. The idea of feminism was not at all prevalent during the 1850s when Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter was published. In spite of this, Hawthorne wrote one of the most influential feminist novels of his time: The Scarlet Letter. This novel was hailed as an important feminist novel because of the main character: Hester Prynne. Hester Prynne is the very embodiment of feminism because of her refusal to adhere to the societal norms, her independence in thought, and how the view of the society around her changes through the novel.