In “Mericans,” the grandmother is inside a church, praying for all of her family members. The narrator, Michelle, and her two brothers are told to wait outside and wait for their grandmother be finished. Michelle imagines that her grandmother is saying “one long prayer fringed with the grandchildren born in that barbaric country with its barbaric ways.” This characterizes the grandmother as someone who does not like American society or culture, contrasting how Michelle feels about it entirely. It is revealed in the beginning of the story that Michelle and her brothers not only enjoy American culture, but seem to have been raised upon it.
She begins teaching children at the Dame School. One day, Kit got bored with the old lesson so she decides to have the children act out a part of the bible, “The Tale of The Good Samaritan”. The head of the school Mr. Kimberly walks in and is very angry at Kit. Frustrated and upset Mr.Kimberly shuts down the school. ”Mr.
Thus the letter serves as a gateway into other people's secret crimes, and it acts as a focal point for the shame of the entire community. The letter thus can be interpreted as a symbol of shame shared by everyone rather than by Hester alone. The treatment of Hester worsens after she is displayed on the scaffolding. Her friends abandon her, and she must live in an isolated cottage on the outskirts of town. Even though Hester spends time helping to make clothes for the poor, they treat her badly in spite of her good intentions.
Speak is a book written about the internal and external conflicts that protagonist, Melinda faces after being raped by Andy Evans (“IT”) and hated by her peers for ruining an end-of-summer party. This has traumatized Melinda and she is too afraid to speak up. Anderson enhances the big theme of sadness and depression through similes, metaphors,
In conclusion, Miss Strangeworth did not protect the town from evil she brought the evil upon it. She changed many people’s perspectives of people and hurt many people relationships. Don Crane grew to hate her and return the favor to her by destroying her roses. All in All, Miss Strangeworth got what she
" Much like Miller's example of parents disowning their child, the town disowned Hester Prynne after her sin became publicly known. Not only did they disown her, they constantly gossiped about her. For example, on page 54, a woman said, "This woman has brought shame upon us all, and ought to die." The townspeople discussed how Prynne should have a harsher punishment, such as physical pain or even death.
After she entered her math class, everyone started to look at her and giggle, because her nose was red, her shoelaces were untied and she was sulking. She was controlling her tears from rolling down her cheeks. A brave and angry voice startled the bullies in the class, Goldie thought, it was her friend Samantha, finally someone had decided to take Goldie’s side. The voice said, “Stop bullying my friend, people, and start minding your own business,” Although it was a rude thing to say, that’s what the bullies actually deserved, because they had already troubled Goldie a lot. Samantha entered the class and gave Goldie a friendly and protective smile, which made Goldie feel a lot more comfortable.
Towards the end of the marriage when Joe started to look horrible, sick, and fat, he thought that he would try to make Janie feel bad about her looks too. This is all important to the story because these little cases was what drove the two apart permanently. Janie’s beauty was what split her and Joe up. Janie developed some bitterness in the solitude that Joe and the town gave her, that was evident in the speech she gave to Joe on his deathbed. Janie grew into a more independant women after he and Joe got on bad terms, this is what made her stand up for herself and persevere through his
Hawthorn names Goodman’s wife Faith to constantly remind the readers of the symbolism of his faith throughout the story. As Hawthorn introduces Faith into the story he says, “...the wife was aptly named, thrust her own pretty head into the street, letting the wind play with the pink ribbons of her cap.” suggesting that she is honest and pure comparing it to Goodman’s own faith. When Goodman enters the woods, he is greeted by an old man, presumably the devil, and his faith is questioned.
With so many excited and happy children in the congregation, showing and sharing their toys, the church is noisier than usual. The parents, although glad that the children had something new to play with, are puzzled as to who and why they were left. “Does anyone know who left the gifts, and why on Christmas Eve?” one of the mothers asked. Standing on the dais, the pastor held his hand 's up in the air.
Marie remembers the day she and her friends witnessed Hester standing in front of the town, the disgraceful letter adorning her chest, and the shameful child crying in her arms. Her friends were arguing in regardance of whether or not the scarlett letter was an appropriate punishment. One believed it would bear her a great burden throughout her life, but the others felt as though the punishment was insufficient and that a harsher one should be put in place. She said nothing, and instead chose to watch Hester as she climbed up the steps. She should have seen a connection then, between Dimmesdale and Hester, but instead she had been naive.
“The most painful moral struggles are not those between good and evil, but between the good and the lesser good.” - Barbara Grizzuti Harrison. “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” and The Scarlet Letter both contain ordinary characters that demonstrate the inborn moral ambiguity in everyone. In The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne is branded a criminal for her sins.
The author of The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne introduces Hester as a compelling protagonist. Hester is the woman who wears a scarlet letter A on her breast and holds her illicit child in her arms on the scaffold, which is a severe punishment and great humiliation to a woman who is charged with adultery in the Puritan colonies,. However, Hester still has her own dignity and people cannot see any flusters on her face. After the punishment, Hester chooses a optimistic way to make up her mistake. Hester is a sinner, but she is also a positive woman who has powerful inner strength.
Destruction due to Personal Guilt Adultery negatively impacts the lives of all individuals involved. Hester and Dimmesdale were each equally responsible for their shameful sin of adultery. “The Scarlet Letter” reflects what can result from this sin with the individuals’ two separate scenarios. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses how Hester and Dimmesdale deal with their sin to prove that private guilt is more damaging than public shame.
Hidden vs Expressed Sin Destroyed from the outside in or suffering for years on end; neither represents a favorable consequence, but one can lead to a rebirth. Consequences of sin can vary, because hidden sin and exposed sin express themselves in different ways. Hidden sin can eat away at a person, while expressed sin rehabilitates a lost soul. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, two main characters, Dimmesdale and Hester, demonstrate their own dealings with sin. The two had committed adultery, but only Hester’s sin revealed itself to the community.