As a result, his relationships with Mattie and Zeena worsen with him being the one getting the full brunt of the negative effects all because of his decision to try and end both his and Mattie’s lives. The plight of Ethan evokes pity in the audience because even with his strength, intelligence, and affinity towards nature, he remains thoroughly unsatisfied in both of his relationships because of him showing genuine care for everyone. Ethan is a tragic hero because Wharton exhibits his fatal flaw of selflessness as the cause for fixating him in tragic circumstances, and making them go downhill, all the while generating sympathy for him. Through his desire to keep everyone away from unnecessary pain, Ethan evolves as a tragic hero by involving himself in situations that make it hard for him to escape such as his relationships. First of all, he chooses to take care of his parents himself which prevents him from pursuing an education and keeps him socially isolated.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne opens with a weak reverend with a life full of sin and ends with a weak reverend who has finally redeemed himself, earning his ticket through the grandiose gates of Heaven. Dimmesdale 's weakness stems from his inability to admit his sins and the guilt derived from this inability eating away at him. His weakness begins to wear on him which makes him loathe his miserable self because of the inability to admit his sins. Finally, with a final bout of strength he frees himself from Chillingworth, from all the sin, and from all the guilt that has filled his life for seven long wearisome years. The transformation of being the holiest to the least holiest is clearly seen.
Proctor is a benevolent man at heart, however he has sinned according to puritan law. Proctor doubts his goodness and constantly seeks forgiveness. This is evident when he says "I cannot mount the giblet like a saint, my honesty is broke elizebeth, I am no good man. When Proctor finally has the bravery to go to court, despite the risk of exposure, he breaks down under the pressure of Abigails power and denounces god in frustration. As a result of this he is arrested.
Dimmesdale’s scarlet letter is a permanent scar that causes a strong pain, but nobody is able to see his redemption because it is always hidden. Saying “God is merciful” cannot bring Dimmesdale peace because he knows that he does not deserve God’s forgiveness as a coward who has failed to confess his mistakes. Once Dimmesdale’s sin is covered by his hand, he has stepped into the endless circle of hiding and regretting. The scarlet letter’s changeable nature reflects the life of Hester, who is able to repent her sin in a positive way and eventually gains her right to return to a normal life. However, the contrasting characteristic of Dimmesdale’s hand over his heart indicates the fact that his life will be always filled with guilt and torture because his inability to be true.
Have men avoided me, and women showed no pity, and children screamed and fled, only for my black veil?...” (Hawthorne 33) since Mr. Hooper is revealing one's sins makes one vulnerable to public punishment or ostracism by the community. Because of the fear of punishment or ostracism. Therefore, it becomes very uneasy when the minister dons the black veil for his sermon. “...being gloomy. But when Hooper arrives to marry the couple, he is still wearing the veil, casting a mood of seriousness and foreboding over the ceremony.” (Hawthorne 20) We all have a mask that we hide behind for the benefit of the world.
In the powerpoint of “American Literature, Puritanism” tells a reader what other commandments these people have that they had to follow along with the other commandments that many know today. Many stories had told many people that if you don’t follow the ten Puritan’s or the bible’s commandments then you are evil, a sinner, someone who follows the devil, or you are a witch. One of the stories that show this is ‘The Crucible’ where the town was believed that there were witches in their town. In ‘The Crucible by Arthur Miller’ Hale was at Proctor house and asked John if he knew his commandments and to say them, but also asked him why he hasn’t be to church that much and why he hasn’t baptize his son yet, causing Hale to question John for a while. Even though Hale later on trusted John it doesn’t mean others did and let alone stop bring fear to
Dimmesdale would also inflict pain upon himself using a “bloody scourge ”(99). He would harm himself in many ways as penance for his sins. Although he had never revealed his sin, he was followed by guilt that turned his life into misery. The Scarlet letter demonstrated the moral consequences of both hidden as well as revealed sins through two prominent characters. Hester, whose sin had been revealed, went through a grueling life judged by her community for her sins until she was able to prove her compassionate nature.
At a time when women are regarded as second-class citizens and having no rights, Hester refuses to speak and in this way defies Puritan authority. Instead of crumbling under public persecution as expected, Hester’s passive resistance lifts her up and manifests itself as strength. A supposed pillar of Puritan society, Reverend Dimmesdale taunts his paramour publically and suffers the pain of his silence privately. Dimmesdale’s silence evolves into his destruction, a fate far worse than any sentence God could have handed down for his love. Chillingworth is perhaps the biggest failure of all having gained nothing by withholding his truth.
It is revealed in chapter 11 that Jeremiah’s life has been threatened, while the focus passage only identifies those who want to kill Jeremiah as treacherous or guilty without identifying exactly what they were guilty of. Knowledge of the events of Chapter also sheds light on why Jeremiah would so as far as to petition God to slaughter these people like sheep. Picking up after Jeremiah 12:5, the rest of chapter 12 details God’s response to Jeremiah’s complaint about the wicked thriving without punishment of justice. The Lord responds saying that justice will be distributed. God says that though they will be
Not only had he committed adultery, he also was being a hypocrite, as reverend calling for the acceptance of your sins. Throughout the story, it is clear that he wants to confess his sin, when he is yelling at the scaffold at night but he’s too weak to do it publicly. The interactions between Hester and Dimmesdale show her hold over him because she has been publicly condemned for a sin that they had committed together. His inability to reveal and accept the truth makes him extremely weak. When Dimmesdale decides to reveal the truth during his Election Day speech, he passes away because he had waited too
Kingsolver’s first goal of the Poisonwood Bible is proposing how an individual could make peace with the aftermath of their worst mistakes and flaws, as shown through the voices of the Price girls. Kingsolver’s decision to leave Nathan Price voiceless represents the seemingly untouchable arrogance and offensiveness of large powers that drag peaceful innocents into conflict for their own gain. Nathan has no voice because Kingsolver wanted him to be viewed from the outside. Nathan is the uncontrollable darkness that festers in humanity; he is the crimes of a previous generation that are inherited by a new, unsympathetic one that is helpless to change its past and must come to terms with it. Therefore Kingsolver’s main goal of the Poisonwood Bible was for different generations and their individuals to question their preexisting beliefs and spark moral conversations and debates amongst each
From its earliest days, religion played a vital role in the colony of Virginia like it did in England. Its first charters enforced social and religious norms by threatening settlers with imprisonment if they disobeyed. A great example is the sin of fornication. One of the main themes in Anne Orthwood’s Bastard, Fornication was seen as a big crime in the eyes of the church. The church taught that all acts of fornication was sinful and as a response, the public would humiliate people challenging the sexual norms.