Scarlet Letter Theme Essay

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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. Pearl represents this theme because she is something that is of great value. Hester paid a great price of sin to have Pearl, and she is the light of her life. Pearl causes trouble, and is a handful, which is a lot of work for her mother to deal with, while having the scarlet letter as a burden as well. Although it seems as if Pearl is a burden to Hester, She is still “her mother’s only treasure”(89). Even though Hester went through a lot to get Pearl, and she is a handful at times, she is still a beautiful creature…show more content…
After many, many years of isolation and alienation in the community, Hester became a counselor. She gave advice to the members of the town seeking it, and, “people brought all their sorrows and perplexities, and besought her counsel” (275). She did this because of what she had been through. She had an insight to what life was like being tortured and punished by society, and she could help people so they would not have to go through that as well, because she knew how hard it was. She kept the scarlet letter on the whole time she was away from the town, because Dimmesdale told her to keep her sin in mind. Although some people would choose to leave the community to remove the sin from mind, and escape the corruptness of society. Hester came back to help others like her, and that was how she was a good thing within the bad things in her
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