We are all sinners, no matter how hard we try to hide our faults, they always seem to come back, one way or another. Written in the 19th century, Nathaniel Hawthorne shows us Hester Prynne and how one sin can change her life completely. Hester Prynne changes a great deal throughout The Scarlet Letter. Through the view of the Puritans, Hester is an intense sinner; she has gone against the Puritan way of life committing the highest act of sin, adultery. For committing such a sinful act, Hester must wear the scarlet letter while also having to bear stares from those that gossip about her.
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
Outdated novels that include topics such as adultery and the pressure of society, can be used to help high school students learn important morals, including how to overcome prejudice, and the mistake in using stereotypes to judge a person's character. All of these morals and issues can be easily related to a high school students everyday life, thus allowing the students to make a personal connection. These are only a select amount of morals that can be taught through outdated books. Books such as The Scarlet Letter have used their hard to swallow topics and their "outdated" issues such as adultery to help reach out to a relatable audience. The importance of including these novels in high school curriculums is to help expose the students
The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne has many people fighting against the devil. The Scarlet Letter introduces amazing and talented characters, some are extravagant and others are monotonous. One of the characters in this book represents the idea of the strongest character; to have strength means to have “the quality or state of being physically strong or the quality that allows someone to deal with problems in a determined and effective way” (Webster Dictionary). Hester Prynne is the strongest character in The Scarlet Letter because every single day she has to constantly fight the nay-sayers physically and mentally while keeping her little daughter, Pearl, safe. Hester physically shows her strength when she walked up onto the scaffold with baby Pearl, looking as if she was as confident as 1000 boots marching into a conquered city.
The relationship between Pearl and Reverend Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter is one that both intrigues the reader and keeps them wanting to find out more. At the beginning of the story nothing is very clear about Pearl’s father but as you read on there are many cues that lead you to Reverend Dimmesdale, the pastor of the church where Pearl’s mother, Hester Prynne, was a member. Through all the twists and turns there are a few things that stick out in the readers mind such as the progression of their relationship, the behavior and psychology of Pearl and how the novel could be seen as a story almost all about Pearl. The progression starts during the third chapter of the novel when Hester and her young child are on the scaffold to be publicly shamed for her adultery.
Janie Crawford is the main character of Their Eyes Were Were Watching God. Their Eyes Were Were Watching God is set in the early 20th century in Southern Florida. Janie being a Half Black woman experiences colorism, racism, and misogyny. These social disadvantages lead to Janie facing adversity and discrimination throughout the book. Similarly, in The Scarlet Letter, the main character Hester Prynne is an adulterer in a Puritan society that outcasts her after she was driven into another mans arms by her neglectful husband.
“I live in sin, to kill myself I live; no longer my life my own, but sin’s; my good is given to me by heaven, my evil by myself, by my free will, oh which I am deprived” (Michelangelo). This describes Dimmesdale, a pastor and the father of an outcome of sin, Pearl. Pearls’ mother is Hester, the wife of Chillingworth, a man of evil. The characters of Hester, Chillingworth, and Dimmesdale are all connected by sin which alters the course his/her life. Hester is penalized for her act of adultery which leaves her publicly humiliated on the scaffold and forced to wear an A as an act of punishment.
Hester Prynne is the heroine of “The scarlet Letter”, and it is possible for us to fully sympathize with her because Through reading the text “The Scarlet Letter” we can find out Hester Prynne had a difficult life and had been suffering very much comparing to other characters because she handles her situation by keeping Dimmesdale a secret even under pressure refusing to let them take her daughter Pearl from her and not hiding from the public after her sin of adultery is revealed and she is punished. Though Hester Prynne does faced her situation better than the other characters it is still she who sufferers the most. The another reason which compel the reader to sympathize on Hester Prynne is because she had to under gone the worse consequences of her sin that she must live with her relationships and interactions with Chillingworth and Dimmesdale, and the way she deal with her sin and the results of it.
The book was written during the time when feminist rights and values were not established and considered in the society. Hawthorne’s novel about a female demonstrating feminism culture and importance in the society tries to highlight the equality and justice that much exist in a society. In this story, we get an exclusive view of a women, love, and sin. Unlike those women of the Puritan community, Hester follows her desires even against the strict Puritan values and norms. We get to see a completely different image of women in the society through Hester and how bravely she takes her decisions.
Nubakht 1 Parisa Nubakht S1436406 Dr. 't Hart Literature 3A: American Literature 10 November 2014 Hester Prynne the Symbol of Non-conformism and Self-reliance In his essay Self-Reliance, Emerson emphasizes the importance of individualism and self-reliance rather than surrendering to the standards of society. He believes that trusting ' 'other people 's judgment is cowardly ' ' (Self-Reliance 14) and instead, he emphasizes the value of acting independently. "What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think ' ' (17). Henry David Thoreau agrees as he states "A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority" (Walden 324).