Adultery was a sin and not taken lightly. Hester was sentenced to hours of public shame and forced to wear the letter A on her chest to represent her sin. Many town members found this too light of a punishment. Outside the jail, where Hester was being kept, a group of women began talking about Hester’s crime. One woman, talking
Her spirit is also reflected in her decorating the scarlet letter with gold thread. Hester 's strength of character in public, is in fact, her way of steeling herself against her inner wounds inflicted by her infamy and scourged by the scarlet letter. Her weakness is revealed in her private vent of her grief through tears. Her silent suffering eventually wins the sympathy of
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne’s sin mars her chest, but her true punishment, and salvation, dwells within her daughter, Pearl. Often described as a peculiar sprite, this impish girl proves to be a vital character in her mother’s development, and amplifies the correctional efficacy of the scarlet letter, though not in a way the Puritans had expected. Pearl is one of the few people who are able to reveal Hester’s true character, and she plays an important role in her psychological stability and support throughout the story. As the product of sin, Pearl was born into a world that despised her existence and regarded her as an extension of the scarlet letter. Hester also recognized this connection when she was facing the Bostonians upon the scaffold.
Zora Neale Hurston conveys this message through using the figurative language elements, symbolism and personification. Janie discovers her strength through experiencing hardships in life such as, abusive husbands, deaths, and tragic experiences. Relationships with people Janie encounters affect her views on herself and life, influencing her opinions. Janie learns of certain realities and truths throughout her life. Zora Neale Hurston builds upon Janie’s character to develop an experienced, independent woman, who realizes the faults in
The Deep Roots of Sexism: Preconceived Sin and Weakness In the Christian bible, when the first woman commits the first sin she creates an enduring image of her gender; she is drawn away from god and purity, to evil and sin. The book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller both deal with not only sin in Puritan times, but the ignominy stemming from women’s wrongdoings. The Scarlet Letter follows Hester Prynne, a woman who, after committing adultery is forced to wear a scarlet A to punish her for her sins. The Crucible is about the Witch Trials in Salem, which are brought on by the beautiful, manipulative and jealous Abigail. Who in her quest to replace the wife of the man she had an affair with (John
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. Quickly introduced to Hester’s daughter, Pearl, readers are left wondering who her father is. After several years pass, the leaders of the community, referring to Pearl as a child of the devil, attempt to take her away from her mother, deciding that Hester is incapable of raising her. However, they fail and Hester remains to care for her daughter. After years of self-punishment, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale admits to the Puritan community that Pearl is indeed his daughter, relieving his soul from the awful secrecy.
I stretched thy joynts to make thee even feet,/ Yet still thou run’st more hobling then is meet;” give us a perfect child imagery as well as a broader view of her innermost thoughts. She isn’t merely expressing her vexation upon the careless errors that haven’t been “lessened” (8), but proceeds to personify her book of poems by naming the struggles of ‘raising and nurturing human life’. Moreover, readers who aren’t necessarily poets can sympathize with her displeasure and chagrin of having something that intimate be taken from her. We could interpret her fervent emotions as ‘maternal instincts’. Therefore, the poem justifies how being a mother gives you an ideal edge in
It drove her to be a better person for herself and her daughter. Hester learned the cruelties of the world and people living in it, a lesson not possible without first experiencing isolation. The influence this punishment had on Hester proved more influential than anyone ever imagined. Hester learned how to cope with isolation, and to see past the shallow views of the public for they do not mean much. She learned the importance of family and the ways in which a simple miracle such as the birth of a daughter can affect and influence your life.
The consequences and effects of sin is shown through the character development in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter. In the novel, Hester Prynne’s sin is the most obvious as she has committed adultery and as a result gives birth to a child named Pearl. Her adulterous act is extremely frowned upon in the New England Puritan society and she is forced to be publicly recognized and humiliated and decides to brand a red “A” on her
The Scarlet Letter is about a woman named Hester Prynne who struggles with the weight of society after she commits adultery. Pearl, the daughter, does not fit into the Puritan society’s mold, and Mr Dimmesdale is struggling with guilt of not being able to reveal a great secret. One of the themes of this book is that something beautiful can come out of something bad. Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Pearl all represent the theme in their own ways. This theme means that if something bad happens, something good can come out of it, even if it takes a lot of time to happen.
But after seven years of that type of isolation she comes to the realization that she done being being put on the scaffold and displayed for her sin so she decided to rip off the A. After she rips off the letter the book says “The stigma gone, Hester heaved a long, deep sigh, in which the burden of shame and anguish departed from her spirit”. Just by taking off that letter she becomes the confident and beautiful woman she once was when she was first given this punishment. At this point in the book she is starting to question the punishments of the society and believes that she should have to be marked for it an more because she feels like she has spent enough time isolated from the world. Which does not mean that she has completely made
Janie stands up for what she believes in, and through these confrontations, she better understands herself. Janie reacts in different ways to people in her life trying to control her, and this can be seen with Grannie, Jody, and Tea Cake. Grannie forces her to marry Logan, but Janie stands up for herself when she decides to leave him after Grannie dies. Throughout the novel Janie is looking for love, and she