Hester Prynne is also made to wear the Scarlet letter ‘A’ on her chest which reminds her and the people of the Puritan society about the sin she committed. She is constantly made to feel guilty and suffer just because the law and the people of the puritan community think adulterous behavior is a serious crime. Hester suffers more than she deserves just because of a simple mistake she committed so it makes her a sympathetic
During the year 1850, author Nathaniel Hawthorne published The Scarlet Letter, which expounds upon those people that lived in a puritanical society, yet willingly disobeyed their morals. Hawthorne depicted this real life situation through a secret affair between Reverend Dimmesdale and a married woman, Hester Prynne. Both characters chose to fulfill their lustful desires over remaining faithful to their religion, which led them to undergo life-altering personality changes. Through the creation of Dimmesdale and Hester, Nathaniel Hawthorne was able to use The Scarlet Letter to explicate the people who daringly rebelled against their religious probity and, as a result, drastically altered their lives and personalities. Reverend Dimmesdale, one of the main characters and one of the most notable priests in The Scarlet Letter, suffered from devastating life and personality changes because of his decision to rebel against one of the most prominent Puritan morals regarding faithful relationships.
This idea of female freedom, however, is not embraced by the male characters, who feel it threatens their masculinity: “It was they who were embarrassing us” (4). When Lengel, the “kingpin” of the A&P takes notice of the girls’ actions, he quickly steps up to protect his masculinity. In removing the girls from the A&P, he is attempting to put them back in their established place. As one critic noted, the male characters feel that “Either women were to stay in one place and allow themselves to be walked on as ‘houseslaves’ or mothers or they were to provide their sexual services when men so desired” (Douglass). The male characters expect
Hester Prynne: A Symbol of Sin In Robert Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne is a struggling single mother who committed adultery. Hester Prynne’s husband sent her over to the Puritan colony and was supposed to come over very soon. When he was on his way, Hester’s husband was captured by Indians and kept as a slave. Hester had her daughter, Pearl, out of wedlock. The Puritan society openly scorns her for her sin.
In the play ‘A Doll’s House’ by Henrik Ibsen, the role of macaroons play a major role as they represent Nora’s dishonest behavior towards Torvald. Nora is completely a different person in front of Torvald; however, she tries to shield things that she does which Torvald doesn’t like. In reality, their marriage seems to be falling apart as she is not happy being with her husband as he tells her not to have macaroons, as the macaroons will damage her teeth and destroy her beauty. The macaroons present image of Nora’s longing to be liberated. She wants to have her own personality and will to live a life where no one stops her from doing what she gets pleasure from.
In The Scarlet Letter, a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, a narcissistic personality is seen in the character of Dimmesdale, the reverend in the Puritan town of 17th century Boston, and secret lover of Hester Prynne. Hester, having given birth to a child out of wedlock, is forced to wear the letter “A” on her chest as punishment for her adultery. She is ceaselessly insulted and ostracized by the other Puritans for the rest of her time in the town. Meanwhile, Hester refuses to reveal who her lover is and thus, Dimmesdale is able to maintain his facade of a pure and holy reverend. However, Dimmesdale belittles Hester’s suffering while punishing himself out of shame, revealing his narcissistic tendencies.
Hester not only was exiled in people’s thoughts, people took physical action to show their disgust and hatred towards her. “Behold, verily the women of the Scarlet Letter, and of the truth of moreover there is a likeness of the Scarlet Letter, running along by her side come therefore, and let us fling mud at them”(Hawthorne 90). This quote shows that the kids were taught that she was a bad person because she committed adultery. The parents instilled in the little kids minds that she should not be allowed to be a part of their society. The kids took it in their own hands to show the hatred because they were taught that she was an extremely bad
Abigail, being the immoral person that she is, is always finding ways to do bad amongst others to get her desire. In this case her desire would be to obtain the love and affection from John Proctor, a married and generally moral character. The relationship the both have between each other, ‘adds fire’ to the problems at the community they are in. Abigail plots to accuse Johns wife of witchcraft, and in this community, this is considered a massive crime. Proctor commits to his ‘real’ relationship with Elizabeth and is there to defend his wife who has been accused of a crime unjustifiably by Abigail.
The Scarlet Letter Summary If you were to commit a crime how would you take it, would you show sorrow or rise up and show that you are able to overcome it? Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, had to face this situation and she decided to overcome it. This book focuses on a woman named Hester Prynne and of her crime of adultery with an unknown man after her husband was presumed “lost at sea.” She is forced to wear the letter A on her dress as a punishment to her crime. Refusing to tell the name of the father of her daughter Pearl, she raises her daughter on her own and the other Puritans do not help for she defaced the name of being “pure”. Hester also has to face Roger Chillingworth, for he knows who was apart of
Later on we see more of her compassion towards her slaves when Patty rides into her farm wanting to talk to her slaves. Miss Kathleen refuses, her suspicion of Patty and fear that her slaves may be taken. Miss Kathleen’s protectiveness, like her compassion, makes her a complex character. “ I ain’t a slave trader, ma’am. I’m seeking a runaway.” “Get out.” When Denwood first comes on to her land and starts to talk to her she slams the door in his face because he talks about runaway slaves.