Alcott uses metaphor at the end of her essay to make john’s death more real to the audience. She expresses how “. . .he looked a most heroic figure, lying there stately and still as the statue of some young knight asleep upon his tomb” (Alcott 3). Alcott never describes John as weak or ill, even in death she sees him as brave and noble. Through comparing his body to that of a sleeping knight, Alcott informs her audience of how his self sacrifice immortalized him as a hero, revealing the lasting impact of selflessness.
Opposing the society, and not obeying the Puritan religious standards, Hester unconsciously gives the Bostonian community an impulse to contradict deformed norms. With time, Hester 's and Pearl 's isolation and acceptance of fate causes the society to forget and adapt to their sin, and therefore makes it more liberal. The Puritan society is no longer so prejudiced and is even thankful for Hester 's charitable deeds. It can be argued that Hester is the embodiment of the new democratic world which endorses individualism and independence, and supersedence of outdated Puritan
In the opening of the story, the narrator is ashamed of Doodle, but in time, the narrator develops into a forgiving, loving person. This overall change was sparked by the death of Doodle. His love that was hidden throughout the story, is finally revealed after Doodle dies in the storm. These changes that the narrator undergoes, taught the reader the many consequences that pride can have on someone, and how it can be certainly evil, depending on the circumstances. To recap, C.S. Lewis mentions, “as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you,” which relates to the evilness the narrator obtains throughout the story till the death of his brother.
Hester and Dimmesdale spend the course of the story trying to make things right, whereas Chillingworth spends the novel continuing to consciously live in his sin. The two of them are constantly working to try and make up for what they have done, though they beat around the bush. Hester still contributes to the town even though receives nothing but disgust and disrespect from its members, and Dimmesdale , Unlike Chillingworth, Dimmesdale is wise enough to be able to forgive after finding out that Hester has been hiding Chillingworth’s identity. “I do forgive you, Hester,’ replied the minister, at length, with a deep utterance, out of an abyss of sadness, but no anger. “I freely forgive you now.
Dimmesdale’s True Colors Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, also the father of Hester’s child, showed prominent parts of his character throughout the story. The first trait the reader becomes aware of is Dimmesdale’s cowardice. He has no intentions of revealing his sin to the public, due to how highly he is seen in the community’s eyes. Remorse, or guilt, is another term that can be associated with Dimmesdale, growing increasingly more prominent as the novel goes on. Cowardice, a lacking of bravery when facing danger, was a trait that Dimmesdale carried.
The connection between the relationships of Hassan and Amir and then Amir and Sohrab thrive off of the conflicts and the recurring motifs throughout the novel. Amir lived his redemiton and his loyalty through Sohrab, trying to make what he did to Hassan feel like less of a burden on his shoulders. There are many different ways for one to redeem themselves, but there is no better way to show loyalty than to be present in a time of
To forgive is not to forget. Forgiving provides a chance for individuals to atone their mistakes. Learning from these mistakes, allows growth. In fact, in the novel, The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini, Amir struggles with accepting his past. This ultimately contributes to his misery.
Therefore, it deserves the reader’s sympathy and acceptance. Hester Prynne is in love with Dimmesdale. From the start of chapter two when Hester says that she “will not speak” (64), we know that she is protecting the father of her child (who we later find out is Dimmesdale). Although there could be multiple reasons for why Hester decided
In the poem, the author introduces the concept that death cannot be avoided, and with the personification of Death, the outlook that it should not be avoided or feared. The poem mainly focuses on the afterlife and the inevitability of Death. The narrator of the poem first speaks about the inevitability of Death in the first two lines: “Because I could not stop for death/ He kindly stopped for me,” (1-2). Line three indicates a hint of intimacy with the statement, “The Carriage held but just Ourselves,” (3).
They were inadequate and they only achieved happiness after much suffering. This tells us that such hardships and suffering will bear fruit for those who are compassionate and devoted. These led to Ruth and the Prodigal Son to have a complete and happy ending. This proves that pieces of literature are based on the author 's culture and ideals. Both of the pieces of literature discussed gave us an interesting story with morals that are shown in them.
For example, when Kathleen asks how the war began he summarizes, “‘Some people wanted one thing, other people wanted another thing’” (O’Brien 175). This statement is incredibly indifferent for someone who continuously risks his life and witnesses the deaths of many comrades. Such a response demonstrates how greatly he has come to terms with the atrocities he witnesses, no matter how much uncertainty likely surrounds his life—or at least how he wishes his daughter will see his view of the war. Kathleen passively enables her father to develop a new outlook on the
It continues to let one speak their last thoughts to those they care about. It is a consolation for the self and for others, to know that they will be heard even after death. Last words tie the world of the living to the world of the dead. That is why it persists. One last element of a good death that I would like to mention is the idea of keeping something physical that belonged to the departed.
Hester and Dimmesdale are both forgiven because even though they did commit a sin they both confessed and apologized. When Hester and Dimmesdale are trying to leave, Hester takes off the letter and the sun shines on her, she lets her hair down and she is beautiful. “Her sex, her youth, and the whole richness of her beauty, came back from what men call the irrevocable past, and clustered themselves with her maiden hope, and a happiness before unknown, within the magic circle of this hour.” When God sees the letter on Hester it almost seems that he frowns upon her with a dark shadow and almost shows that he is upset she still wears the letter. When she takes it off the sun shines on her and she is beautiful like God is happy and proud that she took the letter off.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale commits a mortal sin by having an affair with a married woman, Hester Prynne. As a man of the cloth in Puritan society, Dimmesdale is expected to be the embodiment of the town’s values. He becomes captive to a self-imposed guilt that manifests from affair and his fear that he won’t meet the town’s high expectations of him. In an attempt to mitigate this guilt, Dimmesdale acts “piously” and accepts Chillingworth’s torture, causing him to suffer privately, unlike Hester who repented in the eyes of the townspeople. When Dimmesdale finally reveals his sin to the townspeople, he is able to free himself from his guilt.
“And the infectious poison of that sin had been thus rapidly diffused throughout his moral system” (Hawthorne 174). In The Scarlet Letter, Dimmesdale serves as the holiest person many people meet in their moral lifetime, and as the purest embodiment of God’s word. However, Dimmesdale has a wounding secret, a cancer, that tears his soul apart throughout his time in America. Dimmesdale falls prey to sin in a moment of passion with Hester, resulting in her condemnation by the townspeople, and the birth of their child, Pearl. For years, Dimmesdale’s life is defined by an internal conflict - his job demands his purity in the eye of the townspeople, but he desires the acceptance of herself that Hester achieves through her sin being made public.