Redemption In Scarlet Letter

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“The idea of redemption is always, good news, even if it means sacrifice or some difficult times” (Smith). In The Scarlet Letter, composed by Nathaniel Hawthorne, a character named Hester Prynne commits adultery and her punishment is public shame; her daughter Pearl, sometimes seems very evil, but she is the main reason Hester chooses to continue her life. Hester’s husband, Roger Chillingworth, plots to get revenge on the man who is also involved but who will not confess and share some of Hester’s shame. The town reverend, Arthur Dimmesdale is becoming very sick because he is hiding a sin of his own as well. Many characters struggle with injustice and fight to find justice, but it is obvious that Hester Prynne responds to her injustice in a…show more content…
Hester used her redemption for the good of others and that is why her search was successful. Towards the end of the novel, once Hester and Dimmesdale have their final confessions, Hester finds redemption by helping people in need. “And, as Hester Prynne had no selfish ends, nor lived in any measure for her own profit and enjoyment, people brought all their sorrows and perplexities, and besought her counsel, as one who had herself gone through a mighty trouble” (Hawthorne 234). People would come to her to get help with their troubles because they saw how Hester handled her sin so well. Hester also found her redemption by supporting Dimmesdale during his hard times. “The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread. Shame, Despair, Solitude! These had been her teachers” (Hawthorne 180). The lessons learned from Hester’s experience with the letter and her ongoing compassion inspired Dimmesdale to confess his guilt in the end. Hester was always there for anyone who needed her and she never left Dimmesdale’s side while he was struggling with his own

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