It has been cherry-picked from a Bible story in which a sterile woman named Rachel begs her husband for children, using that phrase to express her sorrow. The Gilead society has used its power and corrupted the original story by taking the phrase literally, sending the Handmaids to a certain death in the colonies if they cannot bear children after a specified time. During the Prayvaganza, the Commander in charge of the service claims that the young girls’ arranged marriages benefit women by saying, “We’ve given them more than we’ve taken away...think of the trouble they had before..some of them were desperate, they starved themselves thin or pumped their breasts full of silicone, had their noses cut off. Think of the human misery”(Atwood 219). By saying
As a result of her affair, she becomes pregnant and has a beautiful daughter named Pearl. For her punishment, she must stand on the scaffold in front of lots of people holding her child. She is forced to wear a red “A” on her chest as a reminder to the community and herself of her adultery. In comparison to the other cases during the sixteenth and seventeenth century, Hawthorne describes her treatment and punishment as slightly less severe. Although Hester’s punishment is embarrassing and terrible, people who committed adultery were given harsher punishments typically.
Hester Prynne’s Curse What if the people of today are punished for all the wrong, for the small actions that they do? In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne does an outstanding job of expressing the truth of his characters’. In the story, adults are constrained by societal expectations. Hester Prynne, the main character of The Scarlet Letter, is accused of adultery and has to wear the scarlet “A” on her chest. Hester, even after her punishment and the town forgiving her, she still kept the scarlet letter “A” on her chest.
Also, she inflicts the beating of Juliet when she brings Lord Capulet into the room so Juliet can explain why she does not want to marry Paris. While her daughter is being slapped she simply observes and does not even slightly intervene to protect her only child who is begging on her knees. The Nurse, however, demonstrates her true love for Juliet as she steps in and confronts Capulet. The Nurse says, “God in heaven bless her” while pleading, “You are to blame, my lord, to rate her so” (3.5 176, 177). Such a statement to the person that has allowed her to stay long after Juliet finished breastfeeding is one that could cost her the loss of a second child.
Dimmesdale’s Punishment in The Scarlet Letter Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, a brilliant spokesperson and a devout and wise Puritan minister in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, is the lover of a woman who commits adultery, Hester Prynne. Hester, a recognizable adulteress, wears the scarlet letter and lives as an outcast. Contradicting, Reverend Dimmesdale’s sin stays hidden from the Puritan community, known only to Hester and himself. As a minister, Dimmesdale believes he should suffer from punishments the way Hester did for committing the same crime, which leads him to fall into a terrible mental and physical state. Reverend Dimmesdale suffers a greater punishment than Hester by experiencing recurring guilt, physical harm, and Chillingworth’s torment.
.Hosea's "calling" concerned his wife, Gomer. The prophet believed he was called by God to marry a prostitute. Hosea was chosen to go and love a woman who is loved by her husband, a "wife of whoredom" who would be unfaithful to him, and would cause him many heartaches, and sleepless nights. She lost interest in Hosea and ran after other lovers; In
This allows Sofia to stand as an example of female power for Celie. The earliest conflict to take place with Sofia is after she marries Albert’s son Harpo; he immediately becomes frustrated that Sofia is not a blindly obedient housewife like Celie, and he asks Albert and Celie how to “make her mind”(pp). Albert tells him that the only way to make Sofia obey is to physically abuse her, and Celie, who has grown resentful of how Sofia pities her, agrees and says, “Beat her”(pp). This further demonstrates how Celie has grown complicit in the poor treatment of women, including herself and her family. However, Sofia soon confronts Celie and explains to her why she won’t accept any abuse from
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, seamstress Hester Prynne and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale have a major love affair, resulting in Hester being outcast from society and Dimmesdale putting himself in a prison of shame and guilt. Adultery is extremely frowned upon in the Puritan community, which has very strict rules and is very oppressive. This love affair developed the consequence of their daughter Pearl, who was born into the shame due to the fact of her being a child born out of wedlock. The unconscious mind, portrayed by Sigmund Freud, is depicted vividly in the character of Hester Prynne whilst helping and tempting her with her decisions. The unconscious mind, as characterized by Sigmund Freud, an Austrian neurologist, consists of three parts: the id, ego, and superego.
Edna then looks back at her feelings towards the birth of her children. She merely saw them as an addition to “the great unnumbered multitude of souls that come and go” and reveals her nonmarital nature. Then, Madame Ratignolle tells Edna to “Think of the children Edna... remember them.” These words ring in Edna’s head and played the role as a wake up call. Edna has previously planned on abandoning her moral values, but these words made her realize the effect her actions of adultery may have on her children. This is the first example of Edna’s alienation and how society’s assumptions of her, which were brought to her attention by Madame Ratignolle, should play a larger role in her
“The idea of redemption is always, good news, even if it means sacrifice or some difficult times” (Smith). In The Scarlet Letter, composed by Nathaniel Hawthorne, a character named Hester Prynne commits adultery and her punishment is public shame; her daughter Pearl, sometimes seems very evil, but she is the main reason Hester chooses to continue her life. Hester’s husband, Roger Chillingworth, plots to get revenge on the man who is also involved but who will not confess and share some of Hester’s shame. The town reverend, Arthur Dimmesdale is becoming very sick because he is hiding a sin of his own as well. Many characters struggle with injustice and fight to find justice, but it is obvious that Hester Prynne responds to her injustice in a