Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, a brilliant spokesperson and a devout and wise Puritan minister in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, is the lover of a woman who commits adultery, Hester Prynne. Hester, a recognizable adulteress, wears the scarlet letter and lives as an outcast. Contradicting, Reverend Dimmesdale’s sin stays hidden from the Puritan community, know only to Hester and himself. As a minister, Dimmesdale believes he should suffer from punishments the way Hester did for committing the same crime, which leads him to fall into a terrible mental and physical state. Reverend Dimmesdale suffers a greater punishment than Hester by experiencing recurring guilt, physical harm, and Chillingworth’s obsessive need to achieve revenge.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne’s character is revealed through all of the punishments and hardships that are bestowed upon her. Hester Prynne commits the sin of adultery, however, the townspeople in the Puritan community discovers her sin. In her community, Hester’s actions are seen as a sin because she had a husband. Hester’s husband had been gone for several years, learning the art of alchemy and other medicinal properties. During this time, Hester believed her husband had died and ultimately that is what leads Hester to commit the sin of adultery and having a child with another man.
Sex and adultery created conflict in a Puritan society. Pearl is the symbolic character, created by Hawthorne, as a product of an adulterous affair that challenges these moral beliefs in the Puritan Society. Pearl’s personality shows the struggles that surround her due to the unforgivable sin that Hester Prynne and the unnamed father (Dimmesdale) committed. Pearl’s journey in The Scarlet Letter from infancy on “the pedestal of shame” to her influence for Dimmesdale’s salvation at his death allows her to grow up “amid human joy and sorrow, nor forever do battle with the world, but be a women in it.” ( Hawthorne 197). Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author, uses Pearl’s character to create a powerful message throughout The Scarlet Letter to symbolize
Her actions had left Hassan without a mother figure. In reality, Hassan’s cleft lip was karma for her committing adultery with someone outside her marriage. This caused Hassan to look up to Amir, who was always jealous of Baba’s attention to Hassan. Another act of betrayal in the novel is on pages
She doesn’t have anyone to love her and she doesn’t love any one. Had Celie not been sold into marriage, she would probably still be at home getting raped by her “father” and we wouldn’t know Sofia or Harpo in the story. All of the tribulations of Celie’s childhood show how life was back then for some families. The tragedies of her childhood shaped the meaning of this work as a whole tremendously. She survived being raped by her own father, becoming impregnated twice, and being sold off into marriage as if she were worthless .
The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, focuses on the life of Hester Prynne—the unlucky soul who is caught committing adultery and forced to live a life of shame and ignominy. The scaffold is not only the start of her predicament, but it is also the end of the once seemingly perfect Reverend Dimmesdale’s own guilt. The scaffold is the setting of a scene three times throughout the novel: the beginning, middle, and end. For such a lifeless object, it is difficult to recognize its significance in the novel; however, the scaffold is used by Hawthorne to portray the changing relationship between the characters, specifically Hester, Dimmesdale, and Pearl. In the first few chapters, the scaffold serves as the exposition of the novel to introduce Hester’s “walk of shame” and Dimmesdale’s absence from the very same fate.
The Justification of the Townswomen There are certain types of people, that everyone eventually meets, that tends to make matters worse. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, all of the townswomen that occupy Boston, Massachusetts, may believe that women should stick together, but, obviously, show differently. They constantly pester Hester and Pearl by forgetting their human nature and letting go of their morals. Little do they realize, the bullying they instigate, is just as bad as the adultery that Hester had committed. As if public humiliation, and being a single mother, is not already enough, she has fellow women antagonizing her in multiple different ways.
Hamlet has warned her earlier that whatever he tells her in the future will not be true but, when he tells her he does not intent to be with her it starts the beginning of her madness. When Ophelia returns all his letters and gifts he tells her that he has never loved her and that she should “get thyself to a nunnery.” This is one example how his mood changes throughout the play. Then after all this her father, Polinous, is murdered by Hamlet. The Hamlet is sent away to England All of these actions result in her feeling such stress that she becomes insane in the end. In the final scene Hamlet dies, but before he does he leaves some important words, “As thou 'rt a man, Give me the cup!
In the play, Sheila says “between us we drove that girl to commit suicide” Sheila knows that their whole family is responsible for the suicide of Eva Smith but the other family members don’t agree with her. The quote suggests that they were the reason she took her life as she was unhappy with what life had done to her and how inequitable life was for her. Throughout the inspector’s interrogation of the Birling family, we can see how Mr. and Mrs. Birling considered themselves innocent and were not responsible for her death. Eva Smith and women, in general, were treated as dolls for men and their corrupt mind during the entirety of the play. Woman were all portrayed as simple and oppressed characters.
Catherine then became aware of the situation she was in but she didn’t leave, instead she stuck around for the worst part. The abuser was furious that he wound up with a record and he began to beat her regularly. Catherine had to find a job where she wasn’t working directly with customers so that she could hide her black eyes and bruises on her face. She went to