When someone enacted in sin, they would feel its moral consequences. No one felt this more than Hester and Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Both of them went through a fair amount of anguish for their act of adultery, a substantial sin in the Puritan belief. As a result, Hester and Dimmesdale wanted to find a way to get back onto God’s side, so they went on pursuit to redeem themselves. Hester deals with her sin on a day to day basis.
Her behavior repeatedly displayed that the stigma of the scarlet letter fueled her but she also fell victim to its effect. The views of Hester 's personality change as the novel progresses. Many think that under no circumstances may anyone break the commandments of the Lord ergo that could prove Hester 's infidelity. Nonetheless, her crime could also be viewed as one of passion and love for another human. Hester 's is both a culprit and a victim of her crime, seeing the good and the
In this essay I will explore these examples to determine whether this thesis is true. From the moment she conceived Pearl, Hester confessed that she had commited adultery. At frst, the townspeople looked down on Hester as just a living reminder of sin. Nevertheless, once Hester began doing charity work, “Hester bestowed all her superfluous means in charity, on wretches less miserable than herself, and who not unfrequently insulted the hand that fed them”(87.) The people began to notice her more as the person she is, rather than what the scarlet “A” defined her as “The letter was the symbol of her calling.
Hester was sentenced to wear the scarlet letter "A" for the rest of her life and Hester was forced to stand on the scaffold, so she could be publicly humiliated for her sin. Hester and Pearl will go through life, being shamed by others. The townspeople want to see Hester suffer. Hester and Pearl are strong enough to receive the looks and the talks that they will be getting from the
He gives Hester Prynne as a positive example to follow and Arthur Dimmesdale as a negative example to avoid. Hester after her punishment took several actions in attempts for penance, including bestowing “all her superfluous means in charity” (Hawthorne 108) and wearing the constant indicator of her sin at all times: “the scarlet letter, which it was her doom to wear” (Hawthorne 107), among other actions. By these actions, she recognizes and accepts her sin while showing remorse and charity. Hawthorne extends this further with the use of Pearl Prynne, an embodiment of her mother’s sin herself. In the forest, when Hester, who had recently “undid the clasp that fastened the scarlet letter, and ... threw it to a distance among the withered leaves” (Hawthorne 219), summons Pearl, Pearl subsequently refuses to come until Hester “[takes] up the scarlet letter, and [fastenes] it again into her bosom” (Hawthorne 227).
The ability for a person to transcend from stereotypes and labels comes from the support from others. In the novel The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne a respected woman and seamstress hiding in the shadows of society, is soon throw in the spot light when she is publically convicted as an adulterer. This crime comes with a loaded punishment; she is sentenced to a life of shame where she must a wear a scarlet “A” on her chest, in order to publically humiliate her and provide an example of what not to grow up to be. The story begins by introducing Hester and her beloved daughter Pearl, and how they cope with the new labels of an adulterer and a daughter of an illegitimate marriage. Overtime, Hester rises above this life of misery she has to deal with, and learns to cope with it by showing pride into who she really is and her ability to withstand this scrutiny of the judgmental peering eyes of society.
Furthermore, The Scarlet Letter and 1984 both show the reader how an individual can use their personal, sometimes unfortunate, situation to their advantage thereby making both novels, that are set in different historical time periods, very similar. First off all, both novels show how their protagonists, Hester and Winston, use their personal situations to realize the truth of their societies. In The Scarlet Letter, Hester slowly realizes the truth of her society by recognizing the hypocritical nature of the Puritans whom she lives among, as a result of the scarlet letter she wears. As soon as Hester is ordered to wear the scarlet letter, she quickly begins to realize the flaws of her society because of the way her community starts to maliciously
Scarlet Letter Essay Daniele Young The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, exposes the pain of sin and separation and the promise of forgiveness and renewal. The scarlet letter itself becomes the method in which this transformation is revealed. Initially the scarlet letter “A” represents the sin of adultery and Hester Prynne must wear it as a form of punishment, but later people begin to attribute words like “able” and “angel” to the letter. Hester’s ultimate redemption and perseverance to build a new life and give to charity end up altering the letters meaning. At the beginning of the novel, Hester Prynne was branded as an adulteress.
Hester is publicly shamed for her sin and is reminded of it everyday when she looks down to see a red embroidered “A” on her bosom. Hester embraces her sin and doesn’t let her control her life. Hester herself believes that to put sin behind you, one must have faith in God that He will forgive even the most mortal of sins, “‘Heaven would show mercy,’ rejoined Hester, ‘hadst thou but the strength to take advantage of it.’” (17.43-44) By having her sin out in the open Hester was able to reintegrate herself back into society. She was a very gifted sower, “By degrees, nor very slowly, her handiwork became what would now be termed the fashion” (5.78) Because of her talent the townspeople were able to look past her sin and accept her as one of their own. Not only were the townspeople able to look past the “A” she wore, but they now interpreted it as “able” not “adulterer”.
While unique characters are very valuable in various forms of literature, authors can successfully utilize stereotyped characters to achieve author’s purpose. The character of Mariane in Tartuffe by Molière is a stereotypical “damsel in distress”, as the other characters must help her while they combat the hypocrisy of Tartuffe. When Orgon, blinded by his reverence for Tartuffe, announces that Mariane is to marry Tartuffe, it causes conflict between characters. Mariane has to express her opinion and defy her father, so that she will not marry a hypocrite and liar, despite being a generally submissive person. In Molière’s Tartuffe, the author successfully employs a conventional character through Mariane, to demonstrate the strife that fanaticism and