Her baby, Pearl, is considered a sin because she was a product of cheating,. The townspeople decided to punish her and force her to wear a scarlet “A” on her breast. They made her wear it in a viewable spot, so when people looked at her, the only thing they noticed was the scarlet letter. They wanted to make people look at Hester and think of her in terms of only her sin. The goal of the “A” was to shun Hester and make her feel guilty for her actions.
Hester not only was exiled in people’s thoughts, people took physical action to show their disgust and hatred towards her. “Behold, verily the women of the Scarlet Letter, and of the truth of moreover there is a likeness of the Scarlet Letter, running along by her side come therefore, and let us fling mud at them”(Hawthorne 90). This quote shows that the kids were taught that she was a bad person because she committed adultery. The parents instilled in the little kids minds that she should not be allowed to be a part of their society. The kids took it in their own hands to show the hatred because they were taught that she was an extremely bad
Thus condemning her to forever loneliness and to be forsaken by love. Rappaccini only sees Beatrice’s poisonous nature as a gift of safety, we can almost see the caring and loving attitude that Rappaccini shows as a parent. Giovanni struggles with his unstoppable love of Beatrice even dismissing his warnings and signs of an ominous fate. Beatrice while poisonous was pure, she in the end sacrifices herself for love much like Georgiana in The Birth
Hester’s main conflict is external. She had an affair and was accused of committing adultery by the town. She struggles to live with herself and does not know what her true identity is. “But in lapse of the toilsome, thoughtful and self-devoted years that made up Hester's life, the scarlet letter ceased to be a stigma which attracted the worlds scorn and bitterness, and became a type of something to be sorrowed over, and looked upon with awe, yet with reverence too (Hawthorne 225).” At the end of the novel, Hester finally learns to accept herself for what she really is. She no longer views the scarlet letter as a burden of shame.
This allows Viola, Maria, and Feste to, in a sense, become figures of virtues and do what they can to pull the others away from their excess. Viola calls Olivia out on her self-pity by interrupting her state of mourning by calling her selfish for not sharing her beautiful features with the world and keeping herself locked away in darkness. She tells Olivia, “Lady, you are the cruel’st she alive / if you will lead these graces to the grave / and leave the world no copy,” (1.5. 236-238). She also, in a sense, helps Orsino come out of his self-righteous nature because he falls in love with her for her.
He committed a crime so he feels that he is no longer under the protection of God. Macbeth’s guilt further increases Lady Macbeth’s guilt. Lady Macbeth knows that Macbeth didn’t want to murder Duncan, so she feels even more guilty because she was the force that drove him to do it. Also, Macbeth says, “I’ll go no more. I am afraid to think what I have done; look on 't again I dare not” (Shakespeare 169).
In a legalistic society, people adhere to strict moral codes, punishing and isolating transgressors. Hester Prynne, in the fiction that I have read recently--The Scarlet Letter is an example of the transgressor-adulteress. Hester breaks the social laws, and thus, is considered a sinner, condemned to wearing the stigmatizing ‘A’, lying in her bosom for Adultery. With this symbol of sin, Hester suffers despise and isolation. Yet, later, Hester Prynne has done charitable acts due to her repentance, achieving saintliness.
People like Bradshaw, who took pride in strict adherence to moral character, immediately fired Ruth and regretted having ever allowed her access to his house. The society viewed that getting pregnant outside the realms of wedlock was equivalent to immorality. Therefore, the biological product of such a union would also be regarded as illegitimate. Although it was right, through the societal lenses, that Ruth was immoral, it is importantto appreciate the fact that her initial lover, Mr. Bellingham was responsible for her outcast status.Through the person of Ruth, the reader is also able to appreciate the position of the woman in the society. The society is keen to judge women who break the moral standards but does not bother to find out the irresponsibility that is shown by individuals such as Mr.
The Puritans saw God as being very involved within their lives, going so far as to punish the Puritans for not following the word He as written for them to follow. Wigglesworth showcases this idea in his poem. He states the harsher facts of being a Puritan and details who will reach salvation and who will be condemned. Willard shows the depths to which Puritans must go through to please their Lord. Willard describes the horrors one lady had to go through, because she did not follow the words of God.
They each make decisions based on what they have always been told, or from ideals that are lodged within their society. Will Mayes was described as one with dust, implying that he has died, Miss Minnie Cooper’s actions were so that so she could gain the attention of the townspeople that she had lost due to her decreasing physical appearance, and McClendon carefully notices his wife’s eyes, showing how he feels shame for what he had done. In each instance the character’s physical features carefully describe their actions, working as a metaphor for how the reactions towards Will Mayes were racist and discriminatory. These cases are seen as horrific by readers, showing how prejudice that resides within a society wreaks havoc on individual mindsets within the community. Faulkner uses dust and aggressive