Hester Prynne was suffering the most in the book “The Scarlet Letter” that Mr.Dimmesdale couldn’t relate because the strong independent women had to suffer through punishments, promises, and responsibilities. Hester Prynne is a beautiful young lady as described in “The Scarlet Letter”, but what a puritan village made her suffer through changed the women she was before the scarlet letter was attached to her chest: “Her sex, her youth, and the richness of her beauty came back from what men call the irretrievable past” (Hawthorne 321). She was once known to be a gem of god until the puritans punished her in harsh ways. Because of the Scarlet she lost everything almost instantly such as the village putting her in her own world where she felt …show more content…
Not only does she have to raise a “devil child”, she has to do it by herself and with the scarlet letter bleeding through her chest while everyone is doubting her to actually raise Pearl right because the puritan village believe she will raise her to be just like her: “The child will be well cared for, far better than you care for her.” (Hawthorne 177). If she had people to talk to besides just her daughter Pearl who is only 7 years old those people would see how much of a strong women Hester is and realize that she can. But like the brave women Hester is she speaks up for herself when the governor and the ministers tell her otherwise. Hester she replied to their comments with “You know it's a mother's rights and how strong they are when they are when the mother has nothing but her child and this scarlet letter!” (Hawthorne 177). She stating how strong the scarlet letter has made her throughout the years of her being publicly shamed and being lonely because of it. The suffers of being alone and being shamed are a terrible way to suffer especially by having responsibilities to deal with and not having nobody to bare with
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As two main characters in The Scarlet Letter, which is written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester and Dimmesdale are committed adultery, therefore, the scarlet letter is patched on Hester’s chest. Accordingly, Hester and Dimmesdale have some similarities and differences. Both of the characters have the same sin, love each other, love Pearl , and indeed, they have been changed by their sin. On the other hand, the way that Hester and Dimmesdale deal with their sin is totally different, and it brings them to different ending as well. Hester and Dimmesdale love each other deeply, even though they have changed totally since their identical sin has revealed.
Originally it is meant to shame her for her sin of adultery but instead it is made to attract attention to it. Hester feels proud of the A and it scares the townspeople because they do not know how someone who has sinned can live with it so easily. They fear that she may be acquainted with the Devil they do not want any part of it so they decide to exile her and Pearl to punish her and to keep them from her sinning ways. Puritans always associated sinning with Satan and burning in hell for eternity. Yet they believed in predetermination, where someone's fate was chosen before they were born, but they believed that if a person did something bad that God would not appreciate them they would've condemned to burn in hell for that action.
Lillian Ricci Ms Williams Honors English III 2/28/2023 Scarlet Letter “But a man or woman who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself or herself.” -Proverbs 6:32. This quote describes Hester Prynne in the Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hester Prynne sins this book out of wedlock with Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale and has Pearl. Pearl Prynne, the daughter of Hester Prynne, is the most changed character in this story, from being accused of witchcraft to being a happy wife to her own family.
In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne perseveres through the struggles and adversities thrown in her path. Although, this tale of sinful passion does not hold the same truth/fate for every character. Arthur Dimmesdale is a weak and feeble individual. He is a desperate and miserable man. The minister is physically fragile.
Hester Prynne commits a crime that will forever change her life. She has a kid with another man (Dimmesdale) , because She thought her husband (Chillingworth) was either dead or lost at sea, they started talking and before you know it they end up having a kid together and naming her Pearl. He sent Hester to Boston she he could finish up the business. Hester gave Pearl her name because she would grow up to be pure,because here puritan, she is white like a Pearl, and grow up to be pure as possible.(hawthorn chapter 6). What Hester dose in the story amazes me for what she does, and also being a single mother.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, the protagonist, Hester Prynne is a Romantic Hero. Throughout The Scarlet Letter, we see Hester Prynne’s struggle in Colonial America after she is condemned by the Puritan society. She is sent to America by her husband, but he never returns, and Hester later conceives a child with the local minister. She is convicted with the crime of adultery, but refuses to identify the father, she is then forced to wear the Scarlet Letter. The novel captures her experience as she struggles to survive the guilt, sin, and revenge.
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. One of the main reasons why Hester Prynne is an important and progressive feminist character in The Scarlet Letter is her refusal to follow societal norms or to be put down by her peers. A primary example of her refusal to be put down by her peers is when Hester brandishes her
She was an outcast to society and would never be accepted because she was considered the child of sin. Hawthorne says, “...whose place was on that same dishonored bosom,...” (Ch 6, 77), this shows that not only is the scarlet letter symbolic to the adultery, but Pearl is also a lasting symbol of Hester’s sin. Chapter 6, Pearl, is entirely dedicated to the child and it is in this chapter the Pearl states, “ “He did not send me!” cried she positively.
Although publicly admitting to sin can be a challenging task, time will heal the initial pain. Hester Prynne, of the Scarlet Letter, lives this lesson as she commits the sin of adultery. Her punishment for the sin is to wear the letter “A” on her bosom until she is allowed to remove it by the Puritan authorities wishes. Initially, Hester feels guilt and shame as she wears it. As Hester’s character grows in strength, she overcomes the letter’s original purpose of punishment.
Her isolation and the scarlet letter fastened to her bosom permitted her to look at the shortcomings of the society- as an outsider- that is typically overlooked by the civilians themselves. She discovers how women aren’t given power inside the community to think for themselves or make changes, and hence winds up stuck in the same mindset or beliefs. Due to the ideas shared by men, women begin to see themselves as inferior and are easily influenced in remaining silent. Unlike the other women in the Puritan community, Hester is depicted as a strong, unyielding lady- the “wild rosebush”-, who, despite being publicly shamed and mocked, helped the needy and disregarded others opinion of her. She isn’t stifled by the townspeople 's perspective of her, but rather is concerned about the way women are viewed upon, and feels that existence itself- is worthless for them.
Her defiance becomes stronger and will carry her through different hardships. Her determination and lonely stand repeats again when she confronts Governor Bellingham over the issue of Pearl’s guardianship. When Bellingham wants to take Pearl away from Hester, Hester reply’s with, “God gave me the child! I will die first!”(Ch.). When also pressured even more for the child’s care, Hester pleads, “God gave her into my keeping.
Hester Prynne is the heroine of “The scarlet Letter”, and it is possible for us to fully sympathize with her because Through reading the text “The Scarlet Letter” we can find out Hester Prynne had a difficult life and had been suffering very much comparing to other characters because she handles her situation by keeping Dimmesdale a secret even under pressure refusing to let them take her daughter Pearl from her and not hiding from the public after her sin of adultery is revealed and she is punished. Though Hester Prynne does faced her situation better than the other characters it is still she who sufferers the most. The another reason which compel the reader to sympathize on Hester Prynne is because she had to under gone the worse consequences of her sin that she must live with her relationships and interactions with Chillingworth and Dimmesdale, and the way she deal with her sin and the results of it.
Hester's shame makes her want to become better than she was before. The solitude that she goes through makes her want to feel loved and wanted. Hester has despair to carry her along and make her strive for better. In Nathanial Hawthorne's novel, The Scarlet Letter, Hester experiences shame, solitude, and despair in order to achieve moral success.
Throughout the novel, Hester is fraught by the Puritan society and her suffering is an effect of how evil society is. Hester continues to believe that the crime she committed was not wrong and she should not be punished for it. Her desire to protect and love Dimmesdale, turn her into a stronger person and become a heroine in the book. Although society still views her as a “naughty baggage” (Hawthorne 73) and is punished for her wrongdoing, Hester never thought to take revenge on them, yet she gives everything she has to the unfortunate and leaves herself with very little. She continues to stay positive no matter what society has for her.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne explores recurring themes of suffering surrounding the main characters, Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale. Hester and Dimmesdale both commit adultery with each other, and, as a result of this, both experience gruesome and occasionally unbearable forms of suffering. Though they undergo different forms of pain, both of their experiences are highly reliant on how the Puritan society treats them. Hester 's pain stems from the shame and estrangement she receives from the community, while Dimmesdale’s is due to the reverence with which the community regards him. Although, in spite of the fact that both Hester and Dimmesdale receive harsh penalty for their sin, by the end of the book, Hawthorne shows how their suffering is, in fact, the key to their salvation.