Hester and Dimmesdale’s grief is a direct outcome of the unforgiving implications that the Puritans put on adultery. By choosing to embrace her actions, Hester flourishes and presents the scarlet letter with a new meaning. Hester has no way of hiding her sins like Dimmesdale since she is pregnant. Hester’s punishment was to stand for three hours on the scaffold and wear the scarlet letter on her chest for the rest of her life. Initially, the people of the Boston were cold and scorned Hester for her sins.
Hester however, cheated on her husband therefore committing adultery. Her community found out about her sin and treated her as if she were the scum of the earth. They forced her
On the other hand, Hester represents sin. Hawthorne indicates how much of a hypocrite the Puritans were for choosing to not see the beauty in Hester and her child because they were blinded by her sin. She is looked upon by the Puritans as an extreme sinner. Instead of being put to death for her sin, she is publicly shamed and forced to wear a scarlet "A" on her chest for the rest of her life. Hawthorne introduces
The consequences and effects of sin is shown through the character development in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter. In the novel, Hester Prynne’s sin is the most obvious as she has committed adultery and as a result gives birth to a child named Pearl. Her adulterous act is extremely frowned upon in the New England Puritan society and she is forced to be publicly recognized and humiliated and decides to brand a red “A” on her
The townspeople often despised Pearl, due to her being a representation of her mother's sin. In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne describes Pearl as being a real life image as adultery. Hester is constantly reminded of her sin, just by seeing and raising Pearl everyday. Though Hester is reminded about her sin, she takes on the task of being a mother of Pearl. Hester loved Pearl, even though she had to go through a lot to keep her.
They “tease” Pearl by calling her a “little bird of scarlet plumage” (62), and a demon child. Pearl is drawn to Dimmesdale the most, even pressing her hand to her cheek. Coming to Hester and Pearl’s defense, Dimmesdale persuades Bellingham and Wilson to let Hester keep her child. Dimmesdale argues, “It was meant for a blessing-for the one blessing of her life! It was meant, doubtless, as the mother herself hath told us, for a retribution, too; a torture to be felt at many an unthoughtof; a pang, a sting, an ever-recurring agony, in the midst of a troubled joy” (65).
A Passage of Opinions The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne depicts a town of harsh judgment and unrelenting criticisms. In the puritan society described by Hawthorne the reader is given insight into their way of life. Due to the radically religious population, the town members were under constant scrutiny from their peers. One woman, Hester, committed the crime of adultery and was convicted to public humiliation. Adultery was a sin and not taken lightly.
Everyone can be forgiven for their mistakes, despite the views of those surrounding them. The Puritans believe in harsh penalties for committing sins because God’s punishment would be worse than any earthly trial. When Hester Prynne gets caught committing adultery and premarital sex, her punishment is extremely severe. She is thrown in prison, forced to wear a large letter A on her chest for the rest of her life, forced to raise her daughter Pearl and is publically humiliated upon a scaffold. Despite this lifelong punishment, many of the townspeople feel that Hester got off too easy; as the written punishment for adultery is death.
Certainly Hester feels as if every person in the world only sees her for her sin; however, someone from another area obviously is not aware of Hester or her wrongdoing. Hawthorne is disappointed in Hester’s choices and wants her to think everyone in the world is judging her character to make her feel worse than she already does. All in all, figurative language throughout the novel exhibits Hawthorne’s disappointed tone towards Hester Prynne’s choice of choosing to commit her sin and wear the scarlet
“Mercy is amiss in The Scarlet Letter” (Crews). Hester was not given any mercy for committing adultery, she was put to shame. The main character of the story, Hester Prynne, was found guilty of adultery. (Crews).Though the penalty of adultery is death, she is shown mercy. Puritans in their great mercy and tenderness of heart, they have doomed mistress Prynne to stand only a space of three hours on the platform.
I believe that Hester is a sinner. According to Google a sinner is a person whom transgresses against divine law by committing an immoral act or acts, in which Hester portrays this throughout the whole novel because of her immoral act. Hester was a sinner because of her crime of adultery. Hester wore her sin everyday, “On the breast of her gown in fine red cloth, surrounded with an elaborate embroidery
Pearl was born out of Wedlock and Hester chose to name her Pearl because A pearl is a gemstone known for being rare, precious and valuable. Pearl was also tiny and precious just like an actual Pearl. The Bible (the Bible and Puritan beliefs are a common allusions in this book) discusses the "pearl of great price” in It quotes “ In the Scarlet Letter Hester gives up all she has for Pearl. She becomes a menace to society, gets shunned, forced to wear the letter A for adulterer, and loses all respect. Hester ex-husband begins to resent her and she has to hide the identity of Dimmesdale.
Pearl is an Impish child that people believe to be the impish devil’s spawn. She is the sole company of the scarlet letter’s host, her mother Hester. She is the sole company of Hester, who is her mother and the scarlet letter’s host. Both Hester and Pearl are alienated from their community due to Hester’s sin and are treated with hostile when Hester first became an adulterer. But as time passes, the clear line of a sin and respect begin to blur.