Initially, the letter A stands for the word “adulteress” and the sin of adultery. The letter is seen as a sign of the great evil for which Hester has been exiled from her home in the Puritan community. Later on, the people start to take notice of all the kind works that Hester does and the comfort she brings to those who are troubled or sick. A number people no longer view the scarlet letter as a brand of sin but “refused to interpret the scarlet A by its original signification. They said that it meant Able” (150).
Thus, this theme of light against darkness was seen throughout the entire novel due to various character’s problems with deciding what was good and evil to themselves and to the society. After it was discovered that Hester committed adultery and she was sentenced to her punishment, her beauty almost immediately deteriorated. Her hair was pulled back and hidden under a bonnet unlike its past looseness. The townspeople did not view Hester as an evil person, but her sin made her hide her light from everyone. The sun was used to describe the goodness and pureness a character has.
“It’s okay to not be perfect. It’s okay to make mistakes. It’s okay to do something that you wish you hadn’t done, because if we don’t do those things we never grow.”- Dawn Stanyon. Hester Prynne was one of the main characters in the book The Scarlet Letter and she made a horrible mistake which in the end became the best mistake she ever made. In the beginning of the book Hester Prynne had committed adultery and had a baby because of it which caused people to look down upon her and they made her wear a scarlet A on her clothes to show that she committed adultery.
Hester is accused of adultery, and is forced by the city magistrates to wear a scarlet letter A on her chest for the rest of her life. She is forced to wear the mark, living with the “pang of it … always in her heart.” (78) Although she initially tries to degrade the negative connotation of the scarlet letter by decorating it and covering it up, she grows to accept “the scarlet letter flaming on her breast” (118), and the letter only increases her strength. The letter, although not a physical punishment, affects her more on a social and emotional level, isolating her from society and drawing ridicule from townsfolk. Her isolation leads her to connect with only a limited few, including Mistress Hibbins, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth. More important than its meaning is the letter’s connection to the mark of the Black Man.
The kids and Anse violated her aloneness which she cherished. She did not view her children as her own but as Anse’s. To get revenge on him, she had an affair with Whitfield and ended up having Jewel. Her affair was not done in love though, for she did not believe in love. It was done out of her deep hatred for
In fact it can be considered as one of the darkest times in history. In the novel , The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne tells a story about a puritan woman who commited adultery and was not killed only because she was conceived. She was judged by nearly everyone in her town, even years later when her daughter grew up. If anyone were to be nice or even treat her in a good way they would be viewed as an enemy so nobody even dared. The townspeople all wanted to be apart of a group and that group consisted of shunning anyone who disobeyed the Ten Commandments.
Dimmesdale's sickness symbolizes guilt because it caused by him feeling guilty. He was feeling guilty for what he did with Hester. The Massachusetts bay colony and the city of Boston symbolizes guilt and sin because these events happen here. The city of boston symbolizes sin because the town is still known for Hester's sin and the townspeople can not forget. I also think the town feels guilty for letting such a thing happen.
Victorious, Pearl returned quietly to her mother and looked up, smiling, into her face.."(87) Even the young kids think that Hester should not be a mother. They all assume that because Hester committed a big sin she is an evil person, but she is not. She is a mother and because of her sin she now has to live with the outcome of the sin, Pearl. She is reminded every day by Pearls existence of what she
She didn’t want her baby to die or to be sent to the Fringes but what she received from her sister was isolation (Wyndham 71). “So there has been a Deviation; and deviation, any deviation from the true image is blasphemy - no less. You have produced a defilement.” Due to the laws, people had to report to the governor if they see anyone or anything is deviation, so in Waknuk, discrimination is always happening. (Wyndham 72). Likely, this also shown the principles in Waknuk have blinded the people terribly, people always think it is the punishment from God toward them but actually it is not.