Eventually she reveals the character that is more evil than her. “‘Be it sin or no,’ said Hester Prynne bitterly, as she still gazed after him, ‘I hate the man’... ’Yes, I hate him!’ repeated Hester, more bitterly than before. ‘He betrayed me!
Why isn’t the minister seen as a horrible person and Chillingworth is? In the Book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Dimmesdale, the Minister, has committed this terrible crime and some feel bad for him. This could be because Hester loves him; they are meant to be together. It’s interesting how Chillingworth can be seen as evil, but he is the one that was cheated on. He has mentally tortured Dimmesdale; obsessed with wanting him to suffer more that he has.
One of the reasons why the theme would be guilt is; because by having Mr. Hooper wear the black veil it demonstrates that he is feeling guilty about something he did. Additionally, throughout this romantic story, there are numerous areas where Mr. Hooper can be found feeling guilty. For example, "Mr. Hooper's conscience tortured him for some great crime too horrible to be entirely concealed..." (Hawthrone 13). As it is shown Mr. Hooper began feeling terrible for the sin he made thus he felt guilt as well.
“Guilt is the source of sorrows, the avenging fiend that follows us behind with whips and stings.” - Nicholas Rowe. This message is shown in The Scarlet Letter, through Hawthorne’s character Dimmesdale. Dimmesdale was created by Nathaniel Hawthorne representing a weak character in many ways. One of the many weak decisions made by Hawthorne that stood out was the guilt he had built up, eating away at him causing an internal struggle if he should do right and confess or if he should let the one he loves suffer because of his actions.
Let's start with their stories. Hester of the scarlet letter, was condemned by her sin. She Lived in a small town with her husband. Hester however, cheated on her husband therefore committing adultery. Her community found out about her sin and treated her as if she were the scum of the earth.
In this book, Hawthorne details an elaborate story showing the consequences of confessing sins in contrast to concealing it. A sin weighing down on you and destroying you from the inside out is a moral consequence and, the only remedy is confessing the sin. This notion can be seen in the difference between Hester and Dimmesdale with how they handled the scarlet letter and the effects of that. Hester had worn her scarlet letter out for the public to see from the very beginning. She the subject of a lot of the town’s scrutiny.
His affair with Hester Prynne left her publicly humiliated, yet he did not face any backlash, as his identity was hidden. This became an issue for Dimmesdale, whose guilt became so intense that Chillingworth even stated, "look again at Hester 's scarlet letter...with all its mysterious horror, it is but the shadow of what [Dimmesdale] bears on his own breast...even this...is no more than the type of what has seared his innermost heart" (Hawthorne 305). Dimmesdale 's inner guilt manifested into intense self-hatred and he reverted back to a broken, guilt-ridden state in which he remained for seven years in an increasingly harmful pattern of self torture. This pain that he felt was immensely greater than that of Hester, who after being publicly shamed, could move on and surpass her individual guilt. As Hester grew stronger and became a more upstanding member of the community, Dimmesdale broke down, his spirit becoming, "so shattered and subdued that it could hardly hold itself erect" (236).
Considering the townspeople’s reactions toward Hester’s sin of adultery, it can be concluded that in the Puritan era, religion was of utmost importance, and the Puritans met sins with extremely harsh punishments. Because the majority of the Puritan town viewed Hester as a disgrace, she became “Lonely . . . and without a friend on earth” (56). This made it effortless for the inhabitants of the town to continue to insult and degrade Hester because they did not care to learn her true personality. While a few civilians had sympathy for Hester, the town mostly regarded her as shameful and
Dimsdale should have confessed in the beginning. There are three reasons to support this argument, physical pain, lives changed, and a guilt ridden conscience. Physical pain was largely demonstrated when Dimsdale would whip himself as a form of punishment. He was extremely ill due to the fact that his guilt was eating away at him.
Out of all of the seven deadly sins, pride is one of the deadliest. It is a strange sin because sometimes it can be used for good, and others times it is used for evil. We are supposed to take pride in the way we look and act. Pride can take over someone fast. It is nice to be proud of the people one cares about but if one pushes him/her too far, pride could destroy the relationship between them.
What is justice to you? Well justice is different for everyone because we have all had different life experiences. In the scarlet letter, by nathaniel hawthorne, a woman named hester prim is punished for having a chilled out for welock. As her punishment she is forced to wear a scarlet A upon her clothing, with this mark she will become out cast and ridiculed by the town. Hester accepts the letter at first because it is the regulated punishment decided by the society and what they see as a just punishment.
When we keep secrets we also keep guilt and guilt will destroy us from the inside. In the book of scarlet letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and how one woman who committed adultery with a character named dimmesdale who is the town revered. Dimmesdale kept secrets to maintaining his reputation but actions the guilt eats him from the inside. Dimmesdale the town revered for the puritan religion. He commits adultery with Hester and has a child, but instead of facing his sin he keeps inside for no one to know.
Hester Prynne was a Victim Living during the Puritan era has its setbacks. Hester Prynne was harshly victimized for adultery and it was not taken lightly by her Puritan judges. Hester was a victim of her time because, she was caught in a “love triangle between herself, her minister lover, Arthur Dimmesdale, and her husband, now called Roger Chillingworth”. (Seabrook) Hester was also a victim because, “Her imagination was somewhat affected, and, had she been of a softer moral and intellectual fibre, would have been still more so, by the strange and solitary anguish of her life”. (Hawthorne pg 85) Another reason Hester is a true victim because “ Hester Prynne did not now occupy precisely the same position in which we beheld her during the
While exploring the power of love and, manipulating people 's emotions the Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was written on the battle of someone who was convicted of being a sinner living in a puritan society. The Scarlet Letter was a very influential novel because it was like a change in time, because it’s so different from what we see today. The story talks about Hester, who committed adultery and instead of giving her the punishment of death, she got the leeway of public humiliation. Throughout the novel the author uses characterization, tone and symbolism to help the readers better understand. First, there were the characters that helped to connect the theme sin, crime, and punishment.