Shame Conflicts And Tragedy In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is a story of how Hester Prynne committed a sin and is punished but learns to live with herself with her daughter. According to Benjamin Kilbourne, in his article “Shame Conflicts and Tragedy in The Scarlet Letter,” the” ‘A’ of Hester Prynne, shed light on what makes shame unbearable, and on what makes shame conflicts tragic” (465). Dimmesdale, Hester lover that is a preacher, and Chillingworth, Hester husband also had much shame throughout the book, the two-character showed different types of shame, but they both felt similar. Another thought from Kilbourne has he thought The Scarlet Letter was a very well-written novel with different disputes and how the people showed shame in different ways (465). The essay is about the minor shame of Hester and major shame of Dimmesdale and the tragedy in the novel. Hester Prynne has minor shame throughout the whole novel and how it is at the beginning and the end of the novel. It starts out with her in the jail after commenting adultery. Most of the time when someone commits adultery they are killed, but when Hester committed it all it was having to wear a red A. according to Kilbourne, the A shows shame to the people that know her but it made herself the most well-known person in the town (470). Every time she stepped outside she got shame and so did her daughter Pearl. The Townspeople dislikes her, however, some people felt bad for since her husband hasn’t been seen in many years. Towards

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