Everyone can be forgiven for their mistakes, despite the views of those surrounding them. The Puritans believe in harsh penalties for committing sins because God’s punishment would be worse than any earthly trial. When Hester Prynne gets caught committing adultery and premarital sex, her punishment is extremely severe. She is thrown in prison, forced to wear a large letter A on her chest for the rest of her life, forced to raise her daughter Pearl and is publically humiliated upon a scaffold. Despite this lifelong punishment, many of the townspeople feel that Hester got off too easy; as the written punishment for adultery is death.
The two characters are seen to experience different results based on the same crime. Hester Prynne, eventually redeemed, suffered the consequences derived from the community, whom shut her out, for many years. The harsh punishment she endured made her closer to the townspeople. Out of the shame she became proud and strongly accepting of others faults, but through her willingness to accept her consequences, Hester grew to love herself; removing herself from her sin, she gained her freedom. Contrastingly, Dimmesdale, a minister of the town, who committed an identical sin to Hester's, became removed from
He also wrote House of the Seven Gables, and The Blithedale Romance. Nathaniel Hawthorne chose to write The Scarlet Letter during the time when Puritans established The Massachusetts Bay Colony. Their colony acted as a model of influence, and an escape from the corruption in England. Their mission and sense of identity was purity, which can be identified in The Scarlet Letter. The Scarlet Letter follows the story of Hester Prynne, a woman forced by the Puritan community she resides in to wear a badge of humiliation (a shiny red A sewn to her bosom) for committing adultery.
In The Scarlet Letter, a young women by Hester Prynne is outcasted by the entire village due to the child her had out of wedlock. The hate she comes to face is one of little to compare. Though after time she comes to earn respect for her charitableness, as seen in the quote “‘Do you see that woman with the embroidered badge?’ they would say to strangers. "It is our Hester, —the town 's own Hester, —who is so kind
The Scarlet Letter is about the Puritan society and the outcome of the immoral decisions of the protagonist, Hester Prynne. Nathaniel Hawthorne has an overall unfavorable view against Hester and her choices, so his storyline involves many consequences for her. The author chooses to stand from a Puritan’s point of view in the novel since Puritans are against sinning. Hester Prynne wears the scarlet letter as an accessory as well as an acceptance of her consequence for not sharing any details about her sin. Throughout The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne is critical of any character committing a sin, so Hester Prynne exemplifies his criticism as she portrays an immoral protagonist.
The possibility of harmful woman “Karma has no menu you got served what you deserve”. This is what i would say Mrs. Strangeworth and Emily Grierson got and they deserved it. Everyone knew both of them but they both were not just not talkative they did their business and went back home. Adela Strangeworth and Emily Grierson sharply are compared in their stories because they basically do the same thing by hurting other people. Mrs. Strangeworth is hurting people because Mrs. Strangeworth hurt the people that she sent the letters to like they said “Didn’t you ever see an idiot child before”.
Hester and her daughter, Pearl, were constantly ridiculed by the inhabitants of the town, and many citizens believed that Hester deserved a harsher penalty for her actions. One woman mocked Hester while gossiping with her peers when she declared, “‘This woman has brought shame upon us all, and ought to die’” (36). Agreeing with this claim, many of the villagers continued to mock and scrutinize not only Hester’s actions, but Hester herself. Another woman suggested that “‘a brand of hot iron [should have been put] on Hester Prynne’s forehead’” (36). While this sentence seems less harsh than death, this woman’s comment proves that she too believed that Hester deserved a severe punishment for her despicable sin.
Hester and Dimmesdale’s grief is a direct outcome of the unforgiving implications that the Puritans put on adultery. By choosing to embrace her actions, Hester flourishes and presents the scarlet letter with a new meaning. Hester has no way of hiding her sins like Dimmesdale since she is pregnant. Hester’s punishment was to stand for three hours on the scaffold and wear the scarlet letter on her chest for the rest of her life. Initially, the people of the Boston were cold and scorned Hester for her sins.
He tells her that he will see her in the afterlife and she leaves. Although, many girls lied about being affected by witchcraft Abigail was the worst of them all. She manipulated her new found power and used it as a tool in seeking revenge but she didn’t realize that her beloved would suffer from her actions. John was told that he would be pardoned if he ‘confesses’ and agrees to do so. When the judges demand that he make his confession public he refuses to do so and is ordered to be hanged.
He understands the outcome of exposing Abigail because it will also exposing himself of his wrong-doing. Hester Prynne in “ The Scarlet Letter” often has conflicted views with her daughter Pearl. In this conflicted relationship Hawthorne shows just how Hester 's sin (Pearl a representation of sin) will never go away. Just like how abigail is still tormenting Proctor after their affair. The principles explained by John Locke in his “Second Treatise of Government” are illustrated clearly by John Proctor and Hester Prynne, Characters who illustrate the coming
Rebranding is not an easy thing to do yet Hester has made this happen as “ People brought all their sorrows and perplexities, and besought her counsel, as one who had herself gone through a mighty trouble.” people are coming to her for help with similar situation to what hester went through. They trust her enough to tell her their deepest sins yet at the beginning of the book she was shunned by the whole town. This displays the change that the town has taken because in the beginning of the book all they saw her as was the embodiment of the A and the sin she committed yet, now they are seeing her as a real person. Throughout the scarlet letter hester question whether or not justice was being served with her punishment. At first she was fine with the punishment but, once she saw the effect it had on her life she
Receiving the scarlet letter changed every aspect of Hester’s life. Especially at the start of the story, the letter symbolized the solitude and great suffering Hester faced just because of a letter placed on her bosom. The “A” also depicted how no one viewed Hester the same way as before her peccant actions. “…she saw that, owing to the peculiar effect of this convex mirror, the scarlet letter was represented in exaggerated and gigantic proportions, so as to be greatly the most prominent feature of her appearance” (Hawthorne 109). The pejorative community Hester lived in never saw Hester as the beautiful, young woman she was, but now, as a horrible fiend.
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.
She had gone through all of these terrible things, not wanting to tell anyone for the secret fear that they won’t believe her, which eventually does happen. She goes through humiliation, self harm, being attacked and raped, yet she still manages to find a voice to tell the world that she, Melinda Sordino, was raped and she is ready to tell the world about it. Melinda acts extremely adult about her situation, eventually coming to terms with herself and everyone around her. Melinda let 's go. Okonkwo was immature about situation, eventually killing himself out of desperation and humiliation.