When asked what feminists today should learn from Hester Prynne, Mrs. She is a diabolic, arch awfully behaved kid. The reader first witnesses Hester submitting to the shame sentenced by the Puritans. What Hawthorne opposes to this is not rebellion or revolution, but art, penance, and sacrifice. For Hester, the Scarlet Letter is a physical manifestation of her sin and reminder of her painful solitude. Instead of extolling reason, they used words like soul, intuition, and spontaneity.
The Puritans were non understanding people. She was sent away because of her sin of adultery. When the husband sees Hester's shame, he asks a man in the crowd about her and is told the story of his wife's adultery. Since she is shunned by the rest of the community, she has no friends, and apart from raising her daughter, she has no obligations, either. After living at the edge of the Salem community for so long, under the weight of her sin, she cannot conceive of a life away.
The Scarlet Letter has been misinterpreted for a host of reasons, but perhaps the most salient is that Hawthorne intended it to be misinterpreted. Rereading Hawthorne's Romance: The Problematics of Happy Endings. As she stood on the scaffold, Hester held her newborn Pearl. She put up with seven years of shame and guilt, to finally be the person she used to be. She had the courage to stand up on the platform with her little baby, and face all the people of the colony. On the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth, surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread, appeared the letter A.
On Election Day, Dimmesdale gives what is declared to be one of his most inspired sermons. Hawthorne's most famous novel, The Scarlet Letter is the story of Hester Prynne, a young woman who commits adultery and is forced to live with the consequences in the Puritan community of Salem, Massachusetts. Prynne is to be condemned for committing adultery and for giving birth to an illegitimate child. Perhaps it is because, as R. This gave Hester hope of having a normal family and not to be looked down on by everybody wherever she would go. Hester Prynne first demonstrates personal strength by walking onto the scaffold from the prison cell without shedding one tear and by holding a high head while being the main center of attention in a public place. As Hester looks out over the crowd, she notices a small, misshapen man and recognizes him as her long-lost husband, who has been presumed lost at sea.
Honesty does prevail; Hester openly acknowledges her sin and done not attempt to hide it. Second, as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court , in a recent year more than half of the persons convicted in Massachusetts of drug distribution offenses and three-quarters of those convicted of drug trafficking offenses that carrying a mandatory minimum term are members of racial and ethnic minorities. Hester is a good person who made a bad decision, which makes her a relatable character regardless of the year this book is read in. The word in the town was that the missive no longer stood for criminal conversation and so stood for able. In the Scarlet Letter characters such as Hester, Dimmesdale and Chillingworth while part of the puritan society in which they live, also reflect experiences relating to today's societies. Another strong trait of Hester's is her honesty. Hester removes the scarlet letter for the first time and throws it away.
She is a constant reminder of the sin her mother can't escape from. He and Hester have an open conversation regarding their marriage and the fact that they were both in the wrong. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1991: 301—302. Hester knew that Pearl was the vermilion missive, the result of her criminal conversation and she would non allow anyone bury it. Yet, what makes her fault unique is that she was forced to expose this truth to the entire world, through the Scarlet Letter exposed on her chest and the child beared through her adulterous relationship. The Puritan society went every bit far as to state that the ground that Pearl was such a diabolic kid was due to her female parent s failure to repress her to the proper Puritan etiquette. Her frock matched the vermilion missive that Hester wore.
Hester is released from her cell, after which she resides for the next few years in a hut by the sea. After Pearl got married, and Chillingworth was long dead, Hester Prynne returned to Boston to recollect and to repent. The scaffold is a painful task to bear; the townspeople gathered around to gossip and stare at Hester and her newborn child, whom she suitably named Pearl, named because of her extreme value to her mother. Hester is beautiful not only on the inside, but also physically attractive on the outside. When Wilson questions Pearl about her catechism, she refuses to answer, even though she knows the correct response, thus jeopardizing her guardianship.
Pearl had been adequately named, for she was of extreme value to her mother. Hester is also maternal with respect to society: she cares for the poor and brings them food and clothing. On Election Day, Dimmesdale gives what is called one of his most inspired sermons. Five of the six challenged House incumbents are male. In the thick of this little community is Hester Prynne. Nathaniel Hawthorne is also sympathetic to these ideals, but in The Scarlet Letter, he conveys them in the format of a novel where one of his main characters, Hester Prynne, is surrounded by rigid… 1701 Words 7 Pages On the surface one would find it difficult to believe that Frederick Douglass and Hester Prynne could be anything alike. After she returns to her prison cell, the jailer brings in Roger Chillingworth, a physician, to calm Hester and her child with his roots and herbs.
Prynne then remembers her earlier life about her childhood and questions if her current situation is real. It also shows us that after her encounter with Dimmesdale on the scaffold, Hester sees that she must help him. Readers might not approve of her adulterous behavior, but they can sympathize with her desire to escape, at least momentarily, from a loveless marriage. One evening, pulling the sleeping Dimmesdale's vestment aside, Chillingworth sees a symbol that represents his shame on the minister's pale chest. It gave her time to think about what she had done and how she would be able to teach Pearl on what not to do, while she helped herself forget her faults. Somber and at times melodramatic, The Scarlet Letter is an altogether quieter book than, say, Moby Dick, which can make it feel tame by comparison.