Hester comes from England to Boston for freedom, she is a puritan, along with the others in the town. Many others have migrated over to the new world for mostly the freedom of religion. Back then you were still married no matter what, while Hester was told by the community that her husband, Roger Chillingworth was dead. Hester is punished with jail time for committing adultery. This is when Hester wears the letter “A” on her clothing.
When the villagers found out the sin of Hester Prynne, they were quick to punishment because they did not want her sin to affect their chances of heaven. Ironically, the villagers views on Hester and her scarlet letter A dramatically changed from beginning to end of the novel. The villagers branded Hester with the scarlet A to constantly remind her of the horrible person she was and to give them the opportunity to judge her. They viewed the letter as a reminder of what kind of person not to be. Everywhere in the village they spoke of Hester and her scarlet letter, taking any and all dignity away from her.
Hester was publically shamed and had to wear a Scarlet Letter because of her sin, Dimmesdale identity was hidden and it tortured him inside and this led to his slow painful death. Their sins always had harsh consequences. One theme in The Scarlet Letter deals with sin and consequence of their sins. Hester Pyrnne is an example of someone that sinned and had to
In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne uses symbols to reflect Hester's problems with The Scarlet letter, the meteor and pearl. The first form of symbolism and most mentioned symbols throughout the book is the “A”. The scarlet letter is the letter “A” worn by Hester Prynne and, the letter that is embroidered onto all of Hester's clothing. The letter “A” represents hester's sin adultery. The letter marks Hester as a sinner.
Hester used her sin as a lesson to her daughter to learn from your mistakes, but not to let them define who you are. Throughout all of Hester’s difficulties in life, she persisted through them and used them to better herself. Hester was bold and embellished her scarlet “A” that was forced upon her chest. Instead of wearing the letter with shame and deep regret like everyone in the town wished she would, Hester shocked everybody and instead wore it proudly without the remorse attached all the way from the prison to the scaffold in the center of the village. When Hester exited the prison, “she took the baby on her arm, and with a burning blush, yet a haughty smile, and a glance that would not be abashed” (Hawthorne 50-51).
They will cause a lot of ruckus for everyone in town. Hester and Dimmesdale did very wrong to themselves and everyone around them. Dimmesdale was the reason of Hester Prynne cheating on Roger Chillingworth. Not only did Hester just cheat, but she had a child with Dimmesdale, who served as a conscience for Hester. In the story, it says, “Roger Chillingworth...who for two or three years past had been settled in the town.” This quote shows that Chillingworth is not the father because Pearl is 3 years and Chillingworth had been in town for 3 years.
what no eye of the minister's heart? And as for the scarlet letter, I wear it for the sake of its gold thread.” (page 177). Hester responds to Pearl by saying this because Pearl keeps asking many questions about the letter and why it is there. Hester instead of telling Pearl the truth she continues to keep it from her, and with no one else to talk to Hester has to deal with all the guilt on her
I have none to give thee’”(Hawthorne 94). Through these words, Hester explains to Pearl how she has no happiness left in her to give to her daughter. Her happiness has been taken away through her past decisions and current ignominy. Hester’s shame from her past sins has given rise to her feeling that happiness is unattainable.
Hester having committed adultery and tries all what she can so as to ensure that she live of repentance and dignity. In the Scarlet letter, the influence and characteristics of Pearl, Hester Prynne daughter is used to convey the theme of sin and hypocrisy in the novel. Hawthorne uses pearl to draw a parallel between forgiveness and punishment From the beginning of her life she is viewed as, a product of sin. The puritans shunned her, their treatments affected Pearl
Because Hester is a part of the Puritan society, she realizes and knows her sin is almost unforgivable and is sometimes even punished with death. If Hester keeps refusing to reveal her secret lover she could perish from the sun’s neglect because the sun is what makes life possible. Hester sinned but her greatest punishment isn’t from her actual sin it’s from secrecy. Hester had a baby, named Pearl- a human symbol of the “A”- and when she grew older she would walk with her mother in the woods. One day as they were walking Pearl said to Hester “the sunshine does not love you.