The Puritian community feels the importance of separating Pearl from Hester, as they believe that her sin would tempt Hester to do more scandalous things. Pearl is constantly compared to the letter throughout the novel as she illustrates both Hester’s and Dimmesdale’s passion. Later in the novel, readers are able to be aware that both Hester and her lover dimmesdale are unable to forget the sin that they both committed as Pearl drives them towards confession and acceptance. Pearl acts as a disruptor within the story as she embodies both of her parents’ sins. Her unique behaviour forms an idea that she realizes more what’s happening to Hester’s situation than people let out to
The people in the crowd are described as cold and “a people amongst whom religion and law were almost identical.” (47) The description of the people portrays Puritanism as a religion of punishment and without forgiveness, no matter what the penalty. The women in this scene abhor Hester and view her as a malefactress who “has brought shame upon us all, and ought to die.” (49) 2.
“-was that SCARLET LETTER, so fantastically embroidered and illuminate upon her bosom. It had the effect of a spell, taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity, and enclosing her in a sphere by herself.” (Hawthorne 51). This means that Hester’s Scarlet Letter is made beautifully but it makes her isolated from the townspeople. She is so guilty from her sin and judged from the people of the
He believes that Hester knowingly committed adultery with the intention of exposing Dimmesdale and upsetting Chillingworth. Lawrence claims, “Then, when [Hester has] brought him down, [she] humbly wipes off the mud with [her] hair, another Magdalen” (Lawrence). By comparing Hester to Mary Magdalene, a sinner who was later canonized as a saint,
Personal Transmutation The successful memoirist and poet Maya Angelou deduced,“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude” (as qtd. in “Maya Angelou quotes” 2).
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.
In Thomas Hardy’s satirical poem, “The Ruined Maid,” he uses anapestic meter, rhythm, closed-form poetry, and imagery to display how society views someone that has become “ruined.” Thomas Hardy demonstrates closed-form poetry while writing “The Ruined Maid.” The tight structure of the poem connects with how victorian society had rigorous rules for the girls. Although the poem is closed-form and constricted, there is also an anapestic meter opposing with its sing-song rhythm showing that there is also a more lenient view on girls who have become “ruined.”
In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne pinpoints various effects of sin on individuals within a strict, Puritan society. To shed a negative light on Puritan attitudes toward sin and lack of forgiveness, Hawthorne paints vivid pictures of freedom and imprisonment, relief and regret, through the juxtaposition of Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale, and the characterization of the two lovers. Hester undergoes major character growth through her years bearing the scarlet “A,” "so fantastically embroidered and illuminated upon her bosom," introduced in the narrator’s shifting viewpoint of the young mother. The Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale on the other hand, shoulders his guilt, in spite of the physical manifestation of his inner turmoil in his
The twentieth century actress, fashion icon, and humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn, is a powerful role model in my life. From her poise and positivity, to her compassion for others, she has left behind a legacy that has changed the world. Most people know and love Hepburn for her Hollywood success, but my favorite characteristics of her are the efforts that she made to positively influence society. If I could be any person for one day I would be Audrey Hepburn because of her compassion for others and dedication to make the world a better place.
Throughout the novel Pearl’s characteristics refine diversely due to the fact that she acts on her observations. First off, the reference of Pearl as a rose among thorns helps to symbolize that through a terrible sin something beautiful is able to blossom from it. Accordingly Pearl’s phase of embodying a demon offspring is a reflection of Hester’s sin upon the child as she observes the scarlet letter. Likewise her observations of symbolism demonstrate her ability to vary upon the observations made. For this reason “such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning” without the ability to originate and develop over
Her sin had pushed her to do better and, in a way, to prove their thoughts on her wrong. Hester is marked with the scarlet letter for eternity, allowing anyone and everyone to see her sins. While she accepted her fate with a “with a burning blush and… a haughty smile”, the sin continues to stir within her and the feelings of guilt mix with regret constantly flows throughout her being (50). The
The Scarlet Letter and the American Spirit Readers would look at the Scarlet Letter and they wouldn’t think of it as a way to describe the “American Spirit” because of all the hatred and the negativity that goes on in the novel. After reading an assortment of characters that comprise a living, breathing definition of the American identity, we gain an overview of just how vastly diverse and complicated the people of this country have always been and continue to be. Hester Prynne and Pearl are great examples of what the American experience and Spirit was and will continue to be. Hester Prynne screams out, heart and soul, american spirit.
The Hidden Sin and The Revealed Sin As humans, we live in the that are brimming with sins and evil desire. As the creator of all the creatures, God, sent his only son to save the people from the control of devil. The only thing we have to do is to acknowledge our mistake. Bible teach us that we should tell the truth to God and your neighbors, and God will forgive you. But people are worse, they not only hide the sin and their evil behaviors but also try to deny it.
Transcending the Untranscendable German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” Nietzsche’s proclamation would be in direct opposition to Puritan societies of the 1600s. Throughout history, social movements have often been led by society’s youth. The Free Speech Movement of the 20th century originated on a college campus, and spread rapidly across the country, inspiring copious amounts of youth activism in protesting the Vietnam War. As Nietzsche suggests, a governing body is at great fault when they encourage and require conformity from their youth.