Certainly Hester feels as if every person in the world only sees her for her sin; however, someone from another area obviously is not aware of Hester or her wrongdoing. Hawthorne is disappointed in Hester’s choices and wants her to think everyone in the world is judging her character to make her feel worse than she already does. All in all, figurative language throughout the novel exhibits Hawthorne’s disappointed tone towards Hester Prynne’s choice of choosing to commit her sin and wear the scarlet
She had torn apart relationships, families, and the entire town was against itself. With each new day came a fresh accusation about somebody who had been writing the letters. Mrs. Strangeworth caused it all. Mrs. Strangeworth truly was an evil woman, she had not committed any sort of crime, but she caused families to turn against each other and friendships and relationships to deteriorate. This is truly an evil deed as it has the potential to take the value out of somebodies lives.
Hester and her daughter, Pearl, were constantly ridiculed by the inhabitants of the town, and many citizens believed that Hester deserved a harsher penalty for her actions. One woman mocked Hester while gossiping with her peers when she declared, “‘This woman has brought shame upon us all, and ought to die’” (36). Agreeing with this claim, many of the villagers continued to mock and scrutinize not only Hester’s actions, but Hester herself. Another woman suggested that “‘a brand of hot iron [should have been put] on Hester Prynne’s forehead’” (36). While this sentence seems less harsh than death, this woman’s comment proves that she too believed that Hester deserved a severe punishment for her despicable sin.
Despite this lifelong punishment, many of the townspeople feel that Hester got off too easy; as the written punishment for adultery is death. When Hester Prynne is upon the scaffold, a spectator criticizes Hester’s punishment by saying “ At the very least they should have put the brand of a hot iron on her forehead”(Hawthorne 49). The townspeople’s belief causes them to do everything possible to make her regret her mistake. The angry villagers gossip about her and exile her from the society. They even go as far as to try to execute Pearl.
Hester is living as an outcast away from society who always criticizes her. Her sin is causing her to be isolated from the rest of the community who always reminds her about the scarlet letter she wears and what it’s meaning is. This shows that sin can cause someone to want to be isolated and alone due to their sadness and pain their sin brings them. Dimmesdale and Hester present great examples of how the outcomes of sin, showing guilt and wanting isolation, are represented throughout the novel. Their actions are similar to how people would deal with their sins and mistakes
Reality behind Public Humiliation In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter, the character Hester Prynne is publically shamed for committing adultery. Hester is forced to stand upon a podium and is taunted and shunned by her fellow townspeople. Along with the exposure, she has to visibly wear the letter “A” attached to her chest for the rest of her life. In today’s society, public humiliation is still used occasionally as a possible form of punishment for the convicted. However, public embarrassment should not be used as a punishment for crime.
This was first seen in The Scarlet Letter in Chapters 1-3 when the protagonist Hester Prynne stood on the scaffold before the people of the Puritan society. She had committed the sin of adultery and the people wanted to hear who she had done it with and who the father was of the child that she had. In the book, it states, "... this scaffold constituted a portion of a penal
This is the ideology of Nathaniel Hawthorne author of The Scarlet Letter. In this book, Hawthorne details an elaborate story showing the consequences of confessing sins in contrast to concealing it. A sin weighing down on you and destroying you from the inside out is a moral consequence and, the only remedy is confessing the sin. This notion can be seen in the difference between Hester and Dimmesdale with how they handled the scarlet letter and the effects of that. Hester had worn her scarlet letter out for the public to see from the very beginning.
In the novel The Scarlet Letter, the novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote about the corruption in the Puritan community during the mid 1600s. “Even though they believed they could not earn salvation by righteousness, they rigorously sought to be righteous.”(“About the Novel” 8). Appalled by their tenets he wrote The Scarlet Letter to demonstrate how there were a number of paradoxes within them and their lifestyles. In particular, Hawthorne focused on adultery, a very scandalous topic to the Puritans. Before the Scarlet Letter begins, Hester Prynne and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale have committed adultery.
The consequences and effects of sin is shown through the character development in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter. In the novel, Hester Prynne’s sin is the most obvious as she has committed adultery and as a result gives birth to a child named Pearl. Her adulterous act is extremely frowned upon in the New England Puritan society and she is forced to be publicly recognized and humiliated and decides to brand a red “A” on her