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).
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
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.
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
Hester is a woman who has moved from England to the United States. Her husband Chillingworth comes with her but she arrives first. Hester waits for Chillingworth for some time not knowing if he's alive or dead. She becomes lonely and has an affair with the town minister Dimmesdale. Hester has a daughter as a result of the affair.
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.
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. The author is talking how the town is always dark and dark could mean sin and evil.
Pursuing them, Pearl seemed like a baby pestilence... She screamed and shouted so loud that the children’s hearts must have quaked with fear. 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.
“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. People in Waknuk are punished each other as well as from the belief spills of the “Old People” have left, however, these principles made the Waknuk society fall.