This child of its father’s guilt and its mother’s shame hath come from the hand of God” (Evans). Though as much as she wants to question Pearl being her daughter, she realize that Pearl is a living reminder of her “sin” she has committed. In the novel “the talk of the neighboring townspeople...had given out that poor little Pearl was a demon offspring...ever since old Catholic times…
The movie The Lovely Bones follows the initiation pattern of the hero’s journey from separation to return, but alters some of the elements to form a modern adaptation of the traditional storyline. Susie Salmon goes through the separation phase, journeys through the liminal zone, brings an ultimate boon back to humanity, and dies, but does not reintegrate into society for the rest of her life and return as a hero. Her atonement is split between her family and Mr. Harvey, though Susie moves on instead of seeing through the death of Mr. Harvey. Additionally, Susie does not meet with an actual sex goddess, but taking revenge on Mr. Harvey acts as a substitute for the sex goddess in certain ways.
Hester is accused of adultery, and is forced by the city magistrates to wear a scarlet letter A on her chest for the rest of her life. She is forced to wear the mark, living with the “pang of it … always in her heart.” (78) Although she initially tries to degrade the negative connotation of the scarlet letter by decorating it and covering it up, she grows to accept “the scarlet letter flaming on her breast” (118), and the letter only increases her strength. The letter, although not a physical punishment, affects her more on a social and emotional level, isolating her from society and drawing ridicule from townsfolk. Her isolation leads her to connect with only a limited few, including Mistress Hibbins, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth.
Only if you we're not his stock, Penelope’s too, then I’d fear you're hopes might come to grief. Few sons are the equals of their fathers; most fall short, all too few surpass them. But you, brave and adept from this day on- Odysseus’ cunning has hardly given out in you- there’s every hope that you will reach your goal.” (Book II, 302-313)
Clearly, this is not the case because in the end they both realized their mistakes.. In the beginning of Fever 1793 Mattie and her Mother show a negative relationship, whereas the second half of the story, their relationship is good.
Pretty much, because of her tarnished reputation, I believed her to be a bad person. Once I read this book, all of my preconceived thoughts of Mary went away. Bartoletti wrote from a more sympathetic view point and made an effort to give the reader a different perspective on Mary’s life. She made the point of maybe Mary not understanding that she was a healthy carrier of the disease and touched on the fact that so many people of that time were uneducated about the catching and spreading of typhoid. Bartoletti did a good job describing how the time period also played a part in how Mary was treated after it was discovered that she was a typhoid carrier.
This is best shown in the very beginning of the story with things like “It's strange that all this is still clear to me” shows how even after all the years that have went by he still remembers these days. Also, just the way the story is written can be easily missed because it’s written in flash back which is shown through “I sit in the cool,green draped parlor ,the grindstone begins to turn and time with all its changes is ground away and I remember Doodle.” While also in the story showing how he know understands what he did back then was wrong and he wishes he wouldn’t have done it . James Hurst theme that pride is a wonderful,terrible thing,a seed that bears two vines,life and death is showed in many way as shown through the story but, it’s not only just in this story that pride does this to people.
Only when something reminds her that Knightley was present, is she able to remember the instance. "I do remember it…Mr. Knightley and I both saying we liked it…Mr. Knightley was standing just here…" (p. 256). She remembers exactly what he said to her and where he stood, even though moments before, she couldn’t even remember the occurrence.
Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth all have sinned, although the question remains at the end of the book, has God forgiven the characters? Hawthorne writes where each side can be defended with points but the forgiven side exceeds the unforgiven. Whether or not from a biblical standpoint or an allegorical standpoint, there are a few signs in which the answer can be concluded. With all outlooks on the book and the story that it tells, they are forgiven.
The Scarlet Letter and the American Spirit Readers would look at the Scarlet Letter and they wouldn’t think of it as a way to describe the “American Spirit” because of all the hatred and the negativity that goes on in the novel. After reading an assortment of characters that comprise a living, breathing definition of the American identity, we gain an overview of just how vastly diverse and complicated the people of this country have always been and continue to be. Hester Prynne and Pearl are great examples of what the American experience and Spirit was and will continue to be. Hester Prynne screams out, heart and soul, american spirit.