Her spirit is also reflected in her decorating the scarlet letter with gold thread. Hester 's strength of character in public, is in fact, her way of steeling herself against her inner wounds inflicted by her infamy and scourged by the scarlet letter. Her weakness is revealed in her private vent of her grief through tears. Her silent suffering eventually wins the sympathy of
When spoken, the word ‘sin’ always seems to have a negative tone; when discussing the sins another has committed, it usually coincides with a condescending view. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s well-known novel, The Scarlet Letter, the main character, Hester Prynne, committed the sin of adultery. In the time period of the Puritans, adultery was one of the most shameful crimes, considering how strictly they followed the bible. Once word travels around town the way rumours tend to do, Hester quickly becomes the center of attention in the community. There are various impacts; not only on her, but the entire community, with the birth of her barbaric child whom defies the standard Puritan etiquette, and the man who is also guilty and silently suffering.
The sin and punishment, in the novel, demonstrates Hawthorne’s thoughts on Puritan beliefs. Hawthorne’s story presented an accurate representation of society at that time and provides the perfect foundation to express his criticism of Puritan ideals and beliefs. The symbol of the scarlet letter, worn by women that commit adultery, was manipulated by Hawthorne to question the Puritan world, and whether their faith and punishments are just and fair. The scarlet letter was supposed to shame the women that wore them, but with Hester Prynne the letter became a symbol of her courage and resilience. By giving his heroine the courage to stand and to face her punishment, Hawthorne pointed out that some of the Puritan punishments were harsh and unnecessary.
However, despite how strong the quote is I will have to disagree with it. It should rather say “forgiveness heals all wounds.” Forgiveness make the heart at ease. In the Scarlet Letter, Hester prynne, Chillingworth and Dimmesdale,each one of them committed a crime that needed a forgiveness. Dimmesdale, as a priest is to supposed to be a “God person”, following laws, being in church and guiding people to the right path. However, he committed a sin that isn’t considered right by sleeping with Hester who is married and getting her pregnant.
Hester however, cheated on her husband therefore committing adultery. Her community found out about her sin and treated her as if she were the scum of the earth. They forced her
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. Considering the townspeople’s reactions toward Hester’s sin of adultery, it can be concluded that in the Puritan era, religion was of utmost importance, and the Puritans met sins with extremely harsh punishments. Because the majority of the Puritan town viewed Hester as a disgrace, she became “Lonely . . .
Even though the Hindenburg; which was filled with a really flammable gas; they had a smokers lounge on board. The 242 ton airship took off on a Nazi propaganda mission, which I didn’t know that the Hindenburg was a Nazi airship before doing this project/article. Goebbels wanted to name the giant unlit, flying torch for Adolf Hitler. This giant flammable airship was 804 feet long which is maybe around 100 or so
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
It is inferred an awakening event has occurred that deterred the scientist moral compass. The biblical allusion also aligns with the contrasting science and religion theme. The main character is studying the star, Phoenix Nebula. In mythology, a phoenix is a bird that rises from its fiery ashes. The Phoenix
When the governor passed away, the community saw the same meteor as Dimmesdale but brought a much different meaning from it. ‘“But did your reverence hear of the portent that was seen last night? —a great red letter in the sky.—the letter A, which we interpret to stand for Angel. For as our good Governor Winthrop was made an angel this past night’” (Hawthorne 164). While the community usually had the “A” be a symbol of horrid things, they did change their meaning over time.
She has changed from this very graceful woman who had a very beautiful personality into a woman who has become hardened. She is forever changed by the isolation she was put in and hatred the town had for her. She visited with Chillingworth and they begin to have a conversation about her new image. Chillingworth mentions that the townspeople are thinking about letting her remove the scarlet letter. Hester replies by saying, “Were I worthy to be quit of it, it would fall away of its own nature” (Hawthorne, 122).