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Hester Prynne: Victim or Heroine? - Literature is very interesting when there is a change in the protagonist. They can start out bad but turn out good in the end. Being the protagonist of a novel and changing your ways can affect the story and give it a great plot twist. There is a story in literature that contains a person that made a bad decision. A victim of sin, Hester Prynne, emerges as a determined, loving, and strong heroine, living her own life in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hester Prynne came from Amsterdam to Boston two years ago....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, adultery] 938 words
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Is Hester Prynne A Transcendentalist? - How is Hester Prynne A Transcendentalist. In the novel The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne is mainly a transcendentalist. The term transcendentalist coined in nineteenth century America, describes an optimistic person who fully lives in the present and has faith in the future. He or she loves nature, sees God in nature, and believes we are all connected. A transcendentalist takes action, and is honest and very individualistic. To me that clearly explains Hester Prynne's personality and beliefs....   [tags: essays research papers] 547 words
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Hester Prynne and Roger Chillingworth in Puritan Society - ... Hester was unable to break from her isolated mold and kept the “scarlet misery, glittering on the old spot” (Hawthorne 174). Her self- inflicted isolation was destructive to herself because she lost her femininity and passion. Her crime of passion led her to rid all passion from her life. She was afraid to sin through passion and was subdued by her isolation (Hawthorne 174). Throughout Hester’s isolation, she transcends the typical Puritan woman and rejects the common principles that governed society....   [tags: scarlet letter, hawthorne, emerson]
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"The Scarlet Letter" of Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale - The Scarlet Letter is a classic novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne which entangles the lives of two characters Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale together through an unpardonable sin-adultery. With two different lifestyles, this act of adultery affects each of them differently. Hester is an average female citizen who is married to a Roger Chillingworth from Europe while Dimmesdale is a Puritan minister from England (61). Along the course of time after the act of adultery had happened, Hester could not hide the fact that she was bearing a child that was not of her husband, but from another man....   [tags: Scarlet Letter, aurthur miller, ]
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Men in the Lives of Charlotte Temple and Hester Prynne - The American novels Charlotte Temple and The Scarlet Letter are similar in many ways. Some of the most obvious are that both of the novels revolve around the lives of ruined women. In Charlotte Temple, Charlotte is seduced by the charming solder John Montraville, who singlehandedly manages to tarnish her reputation by leaving her a young, pregnant, outcast. Hester Prynne also goes through public humiliation for her actions with Arthur Dimmesdale. However, these women are greatly affected by the men in their lives, who are much of the cause of the women's turmoil....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 1033 words
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Hester Prynne - Hester Prynne Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, a dark tale of sin and redemption,centers around the small Puritan community of Boston during the 17th century. In the midst of this small community is Hester Prynne. She is a woman that has defied the Puritans, taken the consequences and in the end conformed with the Puritans. It did, however, take great effort to settle down and become a women of honor again. Hester Prynne, through the eyes of the Puritans, is an extreme sinner....   [tags: essays research papers] 1245 words
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Hester Prynne - In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne lives in seclusion with her daughter Pearl. Hester has been shunned from Puritan society and now lives in the shelter of the wilderness. The clear contrast between Puritan society and life in the wilderness intensify the all too similar fight between light and darkness and ultimately can lead to the truth. Puritan society, ruled by a set of strict rules, is essentially in the dark and can not itself see the light. Many of the leaders of Boston are themselves breaking the rigid Puritanical laws....   [tags: essays research papers] 1061 words
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The Character Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter - Hester Prynne's choice to control the meaning of the scarlet letter transforms her from a shameful and evil person to a compassionate woman. Her refusal to stop wearing the letter proves the letter has a different meaning rather than adultery. Hester Prynne transforms the meaning through her good deeds and deserved redemption. After some time, society begins to construe the scarlet letter as ?Able. rather than adulteress. From this process Hester creates a passionate identity. The scarlet letter claims Hester Prynne?s past but only she can determine whether it will benefit or hurt her future....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne] 354 words
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The Character of Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter - The Character of Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne, a character within The Scarlet Letter, is a prime example of Hawthorne's common transformation of individuals within his books. These mutations involve the qualities and attributes of her physical appearance, feminine emotions, and reputation among the townspeople. Throughout the novel, the mentioned elements of Hester's character develop and change several times, providing the reader with better understanding of the influence that the scarlet letter and other characters have on her....   [tags: Papers Nathaniel Hawthorne ]
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Hester Prynne Sanction - Hester Prynne Sanction The persistent issue of corporate punishment has been the proverbial thorn in the side of many people throughout history. Corporations have caused many people huge amounts of both physical and emotional pain due to instances of improper mechanical maintenance, ignorance towards the environment, and the manufacture of life threatening products. The main problem that lies as an obstacle in front of prosecutors of these corporations is, who do they punish. The Lord Chancellor of England questioned, “Did you ever expect a corporation to have a conscience, when it has no soul to be damned, and no body to be kicked?” Countless victims throughout history have been per...   [tags: essays research papers] 1443 words
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The Strength of Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter - Reading the Scarlet Letter reminds me of one of my own experience. When I was a fifth grade elementary student, two of my friends and I agreed to cheat on a geography test. On the day of the test, one of my friends was caught. The teacher found the cheat sheet where it showed the handwriting of the three of us. When he was asked who the other two is, he remained silent. The teacher said that he will be punished, standing in the corner of the classroom for one straight week, and it will be lighter if only he told our name....   [tags: essays research papers] 566 words
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Alienated Society in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - ... She finds a way to grow personally despite the restrictions society has placed on her. While Hester’s sin is the initial cause of her alienation, Puritanical beliefs perpetuate the void between Hester and community. The puritans believed man was incapable of any goodness without God. Sinners were rejected by both church and state, as Puritan colonies were founded on strict moral principles hoping to serve as a perfectly holy template for surrounding areas. David Sorrels comments that “Puritans were preoccupied with punishment and death”....   [tags: regulations, hester prynne] 1121 words
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Puritans in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - ... In the chapter Hester at Her Needle, she supports herself and her infant through sewing and embroidery, which she learned during rough economic times growing up. She mastered the talent of embroidery so effectively that even though the people of Boston mock and loathe her for her sin, they still beg for her work. Yet due to the financial struggle aforementioned, her family forced her into an arranged marriage with Roger Chillingworth. Her family desires for Hester to have a more successful life, which lead to their decision to marry her off, even though one can speculate that they too would have enjoyed the compensation that Chillingworth gave the family as monetary payment for her hand...   [tags: migration isolation, hester prynne]
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Hope is the Thing with Letters: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Heroines are portrayed as able bodied women, when in the face of danger or adversity, display courage and self-sacrifice. Hester Prynne, the female protagonist of The Scarlet Letter, is forced to wear a scarlet A on her chest because of her affair with Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. The first impression of Hester is that she is a strong woman, grounded in her decisions to keep the father of her child secret, suffering the consequences. Throughout the novel, Hawthorne develops Hester, broken and drowning in her sin, surviving only by having hope and stifling her emotions....   [tags: tragic heroine, hester prynne]
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A Literary Analysis of the Hypocrisy in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hwathorne - A Literary Analysis of the Hypocrisy in The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne describes the struggles of a young woman, Hester Prynne, a women found guilty of adultery. Hester's punishment is to wear the scarlet letter “A” to inform the entire town that this woman is a sinner. Throughout the novel, the reader comes to know Hester, the sinner, Reverend Dimmesdale, the minister that Hester had an affair with; and Chillingworth, Hester’s estranged husband whose vengeful mission is to get back at Dimmesdale....   [tags: hester prynne, dimmesdale]
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Howthorne - Sin has a lasting and painful effect that may have nothing to do with the act at all. If, perhaps, the transgression was stealing, the individual whom stole may feel guilt for committing the awful deed; guilt has nothing to do with theft, prison has to do with theft. There are two entities that ensure punishment on individuals who act in ways that are interpreted as wrong: the world, and the individual. Hawthorne portrays this concept greatly in his book The Scarlet Letter. Hester Prynne and Aurthur Dimmesdale, main characters in The Scarlet Letter, share a punishment throughout their time in the colonial settlement of Boston; Hester is punished by the world while Dimmesdale is punished by h...   [tags: Hester Prynne and Aurthur Dimmesdale]
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, focuses on the adulteress, Hester Prynne. It follows Hester’s growth from a weak outcast to a strong individual. It also describes the conflicts faced by her former husband and her former lover. While Roger Chillingworth, her former husband becomes more corrupted because of his desire for vengeance, her former lover, Arthur Dimmesdale, becomes more burdened with guilt. At first, Dimmesdale wants to expose his sins, but lacked the courage to accomplish it....   [tags: hester prynne, conflicts, diction] 1244 words
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A Study of a Character: Hester Prynne in The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - ... She defends herself with silence, refusing to answer during the minister’s interrogation, standing firm on the scaffold through her sad eyes. At this point in her life, condemned for eternity to wear the ashamed symbol on her breast, she explains to Chillingworth, her husband and acting doctor that she wishes for death, since her past has wronged her and thus changes her life for the worse. She returns to her home, secluded from the town, and through her sadness, continues her lifestyle with her daughter, Pearl, by her side....   [tags: puritans, role model, dimmesdale]
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Nature’s Pearl, Nature’s Dim, and Hester Prynne - Through Pearl’s, Hester Prynne’s, and Arthur Dimmesdale’s interactions with nature in The Scarlet Letter, author Nathaniel Hawthorne concedes that the Transcendental belief in the connection between man and nature exists and hints at one’s spiritual purity, but he adds that the connections between man and nature sometimes results in aiding the sinner on the path of attaining salvation and in the individual gaining wisdom and compassion, while other times the sinner receives corrupt knowledge leading to weakness and eventual destruction, death, and damnation....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Changes of Hester Prynne in Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter - In Nathanial Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, the reader meets the character Hester Prynne who as the novel progresses, one notices the changes in her character are very dramatic. The changes are both physical and in her mannerism’s. There are many significant events which took place before the start of the novel and during the novel. Some of these events that lead to this dramatic change include the affect of wearing the scarlet letter, the secrets which she keeps, and her daughter Pearl’s evil characteristics....   [tags: essays research papers] 495 words
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The Righteous Hester Prynne of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Strong and Righteous Hester of The Scarlet Letter     "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us," stated Oliver Wendell Holmes. This eventually proves to be especially true for Hester Prynne, the main character in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. Hester Prynne, a fair young maiden whose husband had disappeared two years prior to the opening of the novel, has an affair with the pastor of her Puritan church, resulting in the birth of her child Pearl....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Hester Prynne of Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter - “Religion today is too often merely the worship of guilt, an obsession with sin and an exercise in the rubrics of repentance” (Evely) 1. Such is the case of all sin, including the adultery of Hester Prynne, the main character in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. The novel takes place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1642-1649 during an era of strict religion under Puritan watch. Hester Prynne, one of such people living in the colony, is punished greatly for her sin, although she is not punished in death....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter] 898 words
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Hester Prynne and Abigail Williams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - American literature often examines people and motives. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter, and in Aruthur Miller’s modern dramatic masterpiece, The Crucible, people and motives often depict patters of Puritans struggling for life during a shaky time. Two main characters from both pieces of works share the traits of a struggling Puritan as adulators. Even tough Hester and Abigail have similar traits, their sins differ dramatically and were punished differently....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 668 words
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Hester Prynne, of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, and Margaret Fuller, Themid-nineteenth-century Campaigner for the Rights of Women - Hester Prynne, of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, and Margaret Fuller, Themid-nineteenth-century Campaigner for the Rights of Women "Endowed in certain respects with the sensibility of Margaret Fuller, the great campaigner for the rights of women, Hester Prynne is as much a woman of mid-nineteenth-century American culture as she is of seventeenth-century Puritan New England." Is this an accurate assessment of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) was an author, critic, editor and teacher who "possessed more influence on the thought of American women than any woman previous to her time" [1]....   [tags: Hester Hawthorne Scarlet Letter Fuller Essays]
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Free College Essays - The Character of Hester Prynne in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Character of Hester Prynne of The Scarlet Letter    Hester Prynne is a very well recognized character in The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne.  She is a character about whom much has been written such as, Toward Hester Prynn, by David Reynolds, and The Scarlet A, Aboriginal and Awesome, by Kristin Herzog.  Reynold's essay dealt with Hester as a heroine, who is an artistic combination of disparate female types.  Herzog's essay dealt with the idea that Hester is both wild and passionate, as well as, caring, conservative, and alien....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 686 words
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Sins of Hester Prynne, Reverend Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth in The Scarlet Letter - The Sins of Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth in The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is a study of the effects of sin on the hearts and minds of the main characters, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, Roger Chillingworth. Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth. Sin strengthens Hester, humanizes Dimmesdale, and turns Chillingworth into a demon. Hester Prynne’s sin was adultery. This sin was regarded very seriously by the Puritans, and was often punished by death....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Hester Prynne as Puritan Victim in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter - Hester Prynne as Puritan Victim   In the first several chapters of The Scarlet Letter we can understand Hester Prynne to be a good but misunderstood soul. Labeled as an adulteress, she is the victim of the Puritan lifestyle. A person with many positive traits, she is treated as a terrible person for one unholy act. Far from the evil woman that some of her neighbors see, Hester is a strong, proud and loyal person who resists the worst influences of her community.  Once Hester has begun to wear the scarlet letter in public and is interrogated, she holds out against the preachers in a great display of strength....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 524 words
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Scarlet Letter Diary Entries - Scarlet Letter Diary Entries Entry 1 I have arrived at my new home. The boat trip was very rough, even to the extent of making me lose track of time. That unclean, floating mass of death was merciful enough to let me be. Too many children have suffered and died on the way to America. I miss Roger a little bit, and hope he comes soon. I'm very lonely and I don't know what I'll do to keep myself busy. Roger was nice enough to give me money to live off of until he comes to be with me. There are a lot of handsome men around here....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter Diary Hester Prynne Essays] 795 words
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The Demise of Hester and Dimmesdale - The choices that people are bound to make are not only going to affect themselves, but also could severely affect the people who are close to them. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, exhibits the effects of choices that people make, and how they can also affect the ones around you. Hester Prynne, the protagonist of, The Scarlet Letter, is to be considered by many a tragic hero; however, Hester herself is guilty of causing her own downfall, as well as Arthur Dimmesdale’s. Hester’s life was forever changed after the choice she makes to break one of the fundamental laws of Puritan society....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlett Letter] 695 words
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Hester's Romantic Ideals in The Scarlet Letter - “Be true. Be true. Be true!” (202). This powerful and simple message can be seen throughout the novel The Scarlet Letter. The characters Hester Prynne, Roger Chillingworth, and Arthur Dimmesdale portray this message clearly. Hester lived this message. She was very true to herself and wore her “A” proudly giving her a more fulfilling life. She was true to herself and everyone around her allowing her to make her own experience, a concept the Romantics values greatly. Romantic literature portrays messages and characters like the ones in The Scarlet Letter to explain the value of truth and experience....   [tags: Lliterary Analysis, Character Development]
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The Transformation of Hester in The Scarlet Letter - The Transformation of Hester in The Scarlet Letter The Puritans came from England in the sixteen hundreds to break free from the laws and regulations made by the king of England. In the new world, they were able to practice their own form of religion. The Puritans believed in God and His laws. "A Young Puritan's Code" was "Being sensible, that I am unable to do anything without God's help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these resolutions so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ sake." (Jonathan Edwards) And they had over fourteen resolutions to keep....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 943 words
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The Scarlet Letter: The Use Of Hester - In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne makes Hester Prynne the central figure in the story much like Susanna Rowson does with Charlotte in Charlotte Temple. The plots of the books are centered on these women; the storylines occasionally move elsewhere to inform the reader of the happenings of other characters, but always returns to their respective female protagonist. The authors’ use of their leading ladies differs when providing a theme, however.Susanna Rowson uses Charlotte Temple as an example for the reader....   [tags: essays research papers] 1167 words
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The Scarlet Letter, Hester’s Characterization Through Isolation - When everyone around someone wishes for him/her to not exists, how do they cope. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne revolves around Hester Prynne, the heroine, who battles with isolation created by sin and exclusion from a strict Puritan community. Shame and mockery follows the perspective that the rest of society holds on her, thrusting Hester in a world of seclusion. Hawthorne utilizes Hester’s characterization to convey the negative effect of isolation on their individual in The Scarlet Letter....   [tags: Literature] 1446 words
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"The Scarlet Letter" and Hester's Identity - First of all, the scarlet letter stands for Hester's sin. By forcing Hester to wear the letter A on her bosom, the Puritan community not only punishes this weak young woman for her adultery but labels her identity as an adulteress and immoral human being as well. "Thus the young and the pure would be taught to look at her, with the letter flaming on her chest", also "as the figure, the body and the reality of sin." And the day Hester began to wear the scarlet A on her bosom is the opening of her darkness....   [tags: American Literature] 784 words
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The Symbolism of Hester Prynnes Appearance in The Scarlet Letter - The Symbolism of Hester Prynnes Appearance in The Scarlet Letter Throughout The Scarlet Letter, the author Nathaniel Hawthorne uses many literal and figurative items to illustrate the significance of various characters or themes. Coupled with the tangible evidence given, the reader can make many miscellaneous assumptions of the importance of these items to directly and indirectly contribute to the issues of the novel. One cryptic item that symbolizes more than it seems to is the appearance of one of the main characters, Hester Prynne....   [tags: Essays Papers] 447 words
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Justification of Hester in The Scarlet Letter - In the Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne commits adultery, a disgraceful sin, and she is severely punished. Yet although her sin was not a good choice, Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author, attempts to justify her actions. His writing indicates that he does not accept of her behavior but that it was not completely her fault. Being a Puritan, Hester was forced into one way of life, the only acceptable way in the eyes of her community. This pressure to adhere to numerous strict rules was metaphorically compared to a difficult journey down a narrow, winding road in the forest with little light....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne] 1015 words
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Hester as A Self-Reliant Character - Individualism in a Society-Based World In a society-centered world, living as self-reliant can be a difficult task to accomplish because society puts pressure on its members to conform to its standards. Nonconformists are eluded by society and consequently have difficulty retaining their nonconformist position. According to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self Reliance”, those who express themselves and dismiss the role of consistency are misunderstood, but great and as a result will ultimately rise in a “morally perfect,” but hypocritical society....   [tags: essays research papers] 843 words
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Why Hester Is A Whore - Adulterous relationships always end in pain. Examples of such pain are present throughout the intricate web of time. From Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, to the media buffet of Bill Clinton, adultery leaves pain. Hester embodies this pain. Not in pity but in cause. She embodies pain. Pain of loss, suffering. The pain of adulterous relationships. The universal wronging of adultery is deserving of such pain. Even in present times, with views much lax than puritan epoch, the wrong exists in full force, and just as deserving....   [tags: essays research papers] 739 words
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The Role of Hester Pryne in The Scarlet Letter - The Role of Hester Pryne in The Scarlet Letter The Role of Hester Prynne in the Development of Plot and Characterization in the Novel, The Scarlet Letter Within the novel The Scarlet Letter, the author, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses many ways to characterize Hester Prynne, and to show her importance in the development of the plot. This essay will show some ways Hester is characterized and will also show why and how she develops the plot. Hester Prynne is characterized as a beautiful woman who does not hide from, but lives with her mistakes and tries to lead the best life she can in a strict, Puritan society....   [tags: Papers] 638 words
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The Symbolic Meaning Of Pearl Prynne in The Scarlet Letter - In the Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, the writer, has created a miserable love story which is mainly developed around a symbol of adultery¡ªthe scarlet letter. Apart from Hester Prynne, the woman who bears the shame of the Letter A, her daughter Pearl Prynne is also an important character closely connected with the symbol of sin in the book. From being a living letter ¡°A¡± to an elf rising above the vulgar crowd, Pearl, throughout the story, has developed into a dynamic symbol which brings us hope and strength....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne] 949 words
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Hester vs. the Community in The Scarlet Letter - Hester vs. the Community in The Scarlet Letter          Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter seems to be created around Hawthorne's obsession with the forbidding quality of the scarlet "A", the symbol from which the novel takes its title. Rrom the rose-bush which Hawthorne selects a flower from as an offering to the reader(1) to the "elfish" child Pearl, every aspect of the story is drenched in this letter's scarlet hue. Perhaps this repetition reflects Hawthorne's own repressed desires, as some critics suggest(2)....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Hester's Letter - Hester's Letter There are numerous characters in The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, that play noteworthy roles. The character that stands out the most is Hester Prynne. Hester changes significantly during the course of the novel. In the beginning of the novel she is conceived as an extreme sinner through the eyes of the Puritans; she has gone against Puritan ways, committing adultery (Chuck). For this irrevocably harsh sin, she must wear a symbol of shame for the rest of her life. However, the Romantic philosophies of Hawthorne put down the Puritanical beliefs (Chuck)....   [tags: essays papers]
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Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter - Cursed with the permanent mark of adultery upon her bosom, Hester Prynne, the main character in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s book, The Scarlet Letter, faces many hardships and disgrace. Referencing these hardships, Hawthorne portrays the scarlet letter as the forbidden mark of adultery. Upon first meeting Hester, the scarlet letter is a symbol for adultery and disgrace. As the story progresses, the scarlet letter evolves into a symbol of wisdom and identity. Hawthorne utilizes each different meaning of the scarlet letter to make a commentary on the Puritan society....   [tags: hester, symbolism, social isolation]
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Embracing a Feminist Nature: A Theory - ... Now that the emotional affiliation between Hawthorne as Hester has been established, the feminine heroine, Hester, can be explored under a different light, the light that shines upon a man trying to combat the hypocrisy of an unforgiving society. Many critics have carefully scrutinized Hester’s internal struggle and denied the concept of Hester as a central feminist figure in literature by defining her as a weakened woman victimized by society. Those critics clearly lack the insight of what an actual feminist experiences when she begins her fight against societal norms....   [tags: Hawthorne as Hester, The Scarlet Letter]
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The Evolution of Hester in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter – The Evolution of Hester The novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was an objective description of the life of Hester Prynne, an adultress. The novel does not go into specific details of the thoughts of the woman except to describe the mien of her character. Throughout the novel she faces humiliation by the other people of Boston, but never loses her sense of pride. Hester Prynne suffers enormousely from the shame of her public disgrace and from the isolation of her punishment; however, she retains her self-respect and survives her punishment with dignity, grace, and ever-growing strength of character....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 562 words
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Essay on the Transformation of Hester in Scarlet Letter - The Transformation of Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne committed a crime so severe that it changed her life into coils of torment and defeat. In The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester is publicly recognized as an adulteress and expelled from society. Alongside the theme of isolation, the scarlet letter, or symbol of sin, is meant to shame Hester but instead transforms her from a woman of ordinary living into a stronger person. The purpose of the scarlet letter is not fulfilled according to the author, Nathaniel Hawthorne....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 683 words
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Hester's Isolation and Alienation in The Scarlet Letter - Hester's Isolation and Alienation in The Scarlet Letter In Nathaniel Hawthorn's The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmsdale have committed adultery, an unacceptable sin during the Puritan times. As a result of their sin, a child is born, whom the mother names Pearl. Out of her own free will Hester has to face major punishments. She has to serve many months in prison, stand on the scaffold for three hours under public scrutiny, and attach a scarlet letter, "A" on her chest every day as long as she remained in the town of Boston....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 732 words
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The Lasting Effect of Sin and Guilt on Hester and Dimmesdale - Without an honorable reputation a person is not worthy of respect from others in their society. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter, the struggle to shake off the past is an underlying theme throughout the novel. Characters in this novel go through their lives struggling with trying to cope with the guilt and shame associated with actions that lost them their honorable reputation. Particularly, Hawthorne shows the lasting effect that sin and guilt has on two of the main characters in the book: Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmesdale....   [tags: essays research papers] 1448 words
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The Scarlet Letter - Impact of Sin on Dimmmesdale, Chillingworth and Hester - The Scarlet Letter - Impact of Sin on Dimmmesdale, Chillingworth and Hester    Charles Haddon Spurgeon, a seventeenth century Baptist preacher, commented that, "Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of." An individual either faces their actions or runs from them, and Gothic Romance authors often write about the evil that emerges in people when they conceal their sins. Throughout the novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne demonstrates this idea through the actions of his three main characters, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Hester's Humiliation in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter - Hester's Humiliation in The Scarlet Letter How much punishment and tourture can one withstand, especially when it's mental punishment instead of physical. Hester Prynne committed the sin of adultery which has led her to a life of isolation and ridicule. She is branded and made to wear the scarlet letter A on the chest of her dress for the rest of her life. Her daughter will never get to play with the rest of the children. The scaffold, however, is the biggest burden. She has to stand in front of the crowd and watch them gossip and talk about her before she goes back into the prison....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 502 words
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Free College Essays - Hester as Role Model in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter – Hester as Community Role Model “Woman, it is thy badge of shame!" (107). Governor Bellingham was describing the scarlet letter to Hester while they were discussing if the punishments that Hester had to go through were adequate enough for the crime. Hester was living in the outskirts of the city in a small abandoned cottage for several years with the only thing that had any monetary value in her life, her child and the product of committing adultery, Pearl. She and her little Pearl were shunned from the community for her acts....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 637 words
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Pearl as an Expression of Hester’s Emotions in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter:  Pearl as an Expression of Hester’s Hidden Emotions   In literature, authors often represent a character’s hidden emotions or inner thoughts by presenting them in a separate character.  Such is the case in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter as he uses Pearl to express Hester’s inner thoughts and hidden emotions.  “Above all, the warfare of Hester’s spirit, at that epoch, was perpetuated in Pearl.”              Despite the public shame she has experienced and many years of wearing the intimation of her adulterous sin, Hester Prynne remains proud and displays her letter boldly.  Anyone that did not possess quite her level of emotional stamina and pride would hav...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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The Scarlet Letter - "She was ladylike, too, after the manner of the feminine gentility of those days; characterized by a certain state and dignity, rather than by the delicate, evanescent, and indescribable grace which is now recognized as its indication. And never had Hester Prynne appeared more ladylike, in the antique interpretation of the term, than as she issued from the prison. Those who had before known her, and had expected to behold her dimmed and obscured by a disastrous cloud, were astonished, and even startled, to perceive how her beauty shone out, and made a halo of the misfortune and ignominy in which she was enveloped" - this is almost the first description of the main heroine that the reader get...   [tags: Hester's Journey of Self-Discovery] 1093 words
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Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlett Letter - ... The amount of appreciative detail included to describe a single article of clothing further emphasizes Pearl’s significance to Hawthorne, as he describes the individual nature of Pearl’s “own proper” beauty. This individuality represented through Pearl’s attire is the light in the darkness of the little family’s life, and thus illustrates Hawthorne’s support of Pearl’s similarly individualistic character. Beyond symbolic individuality, Pearl’s display of resolute self-reliance through her actions is a force of nature against Puritan conformity....   [tags: character analysis, Pearl Prynne]
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A Character Analysis of Pearl in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - A Character Analysis of Pearl in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Word Count Includes Outline at the End of the Paper The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a book of much symbolism. One of the most complex and misunderstood symbols in the book is Pearl, the illegitimate daughter of Hester Prynne and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. Throughout the novel Pearl develops into a dynamic symbol; one that is always changing. In the following essay, I will explore Hawthorne's symbolism of Pearl from birth, age three, and age seven....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Hester Hawthorne Pearl Essays]
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The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - The meaning of the word feminist in the dictionary is the people who advocates or supports the rights and equalities of women. Hester Prynne is a very strong and honest feminist, because she did not follow the traditional role of women in the eighteenth century. “Stretching forth the official staff in his left hand, he laid his right upon the shoulder of a young woman, whom he thus drew forward; until, on the threshold of the prison-door, she repelled him, by an action marked with natural dignity and force of character, and stepped into the open air” (Hawthorne 36)....   [tags: women's rights, story and charcter analysis] 867 words
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The Scarlet Letter - In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne analyzes Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth. In the story, Hester is the main character of the story and was called Mistress Prynne (Hawthorne 70). Dimmesdale, in the story was referred to as Reverend Dimmesdale (Hawthorne 90). Chillingworth was originally named, Roger Prynne but later in the story he changed his name to Roger Chillingworth. In the story, Hester committed adultery with Dimmesdale against Chillingworth and in the beginning she got punished and sent to prison and later she got to get out of prison but with the exception of having to wear the letter A on her breast every time she went out in to town....   [tags: Literature]
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Symbolism: S for Superman and A for Adultery in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Scarlet Letter" - Talented writers often use extensive symbolism in there writing to portray intricate thoughts, ideas, and concepts. For example, in the popular 1978 movie Superman the “S” on Superman’s costume stands for super. Along the same lines, the “A” in Nathanial Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is also a symbol. However, in contrast to the one dimensional meaning of the “S” in Superman, the “A” in The Scarlet Letter has a multifaceted meaning. As the literature unfolds the meaning of the crimson letter shining on Hester Prynne’s bosom subtlety changes from meaning adulterer, to able and finally the “A” becomes a symbol for angel....   [tags: Symbolism, Superman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Scarlet ] 937 words
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn - Pre-AP: 1st Semester Essay Exam In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne uses intricate themes to depict the qualifications of both the byronic and tragic hero through the main character, Hester Prynne. Traits of the byronic hero that’s evident in the novel is independence and loneliness. A trait that qualifies for a tragic hero is Hester wanting to maintain her rightful social status as an adulterer even after the people of the town forgives her for her sin. Hawthorne gave Hester these qualities to advance the novel and develop themes for the novel....   [tags: story analysis] 551 words
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The Range of Emotions in the Novel “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathanial Hawthorne - Nathanial Hawthorne, the author of The Scarlet Letter, provoked many emotions throughout his entire novel. The emotions ranged from grief to anticipation. Each character played an important role in the novel and I believe that each character evoked a different emotion in the reader. Three of the characters in which Nathanial Hawthorne demonstrates this are Hester Prynne, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale and their daughter Pearl. Hester Prynne, the main character of the novel, was a courageous and honorable person; even though, what she had been known for wasn’t such an admirable deed....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 525 words
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Quotes and Meanings from The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Quote Meaning/Significance “The magistrate are God-fearing gentlemen, but merciful overmuch, - that is a truth," added a third autumnal matron. "At the very least, they should have put the brand of a hot iron on Hester Prynne's forehead. Madame Hester would have winced at that, I warrant me. But she, - the naughty baggage, - little will she care what they put upon the bodice of her gown. Why, look you, she may cover it with a brooch, or such like heathenish adornment, and so walk the streets as brave as ever!” - Chapter 2, paragraph 5 According to the matron, she thinks that being publicly shamed is a bit too merciful....   [tags: Puritans, Sin, Shame]
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The Evil Characters in The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter, a book of sin and guilt, reveals two characters that are so purely evil, that it is hard to believe that such characters could be created---Roger Chillingworth and Mistress Hibbins. Chillingworth and Hibbins may seem like good people, but they really just symbolize evil. Roger Chillingworth is the elderly husband of Hester Prynne, who is shunned by the whole colony of Boston Massachusetts for the sin of adultery she has committed with the town’s praised minister. The people of the colony see Chillingworth as a friendly physician who was sent by God to return people like Arthur Dimmesdale, the town’s praised minister, back to health....   [tags: evil, adultery, vengence, sin, revenge]
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Individualism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Individualism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Often in society people are criticized, punished and despised for their individual choices and flaws. In the novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author uses Hester Prynne to symbolize that those who challenge social conformities can benefit society as a whole. Though she has been banished for committing adultery, she sees that the community needs her. Through her generous accomplishments the community realizes she is a person who, regardless of her sin, can affect the community in a positive way....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Hawthorne] 1063 words
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Theme of Vengeance in The Scarlet Letter - Vengeance in The Scarlet Letter Vengeance is the act of recovering justice by forcing the opposing individual to endure same punishment or exceed a far more harsh consequence than the victim. People often try to obtain revenge upon others for the wrong reasons due to fact that they believe the actions or sins of another person have affected the victim in a negative way. The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, uses the relentless character, Mr. Roger Chillingworth, to describe the result of being resentful and unforgiving to his wifes secret lover, Reverend Dimmesdale....   [tags: hawthorne, literary analysis] 1384 words
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Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - In my personal reference, Romanticism is a kind of literature from the eighteenth century that put its focus on nature and imaginative ideals. The Romantic Movement was a reaction to the Age of Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution. This movement consisted of many changes in society during the eighteenth century and it went against the ideals of urban environments that were popping up all around during this time by focussing on nature. The Romantic features that are seen in the book The Scarlet Letter are the ideals of individualism and truth, and not falling into society’s ways and judgements....   [tags: Romantisism, Literary Analysis]
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The Scarlet Letter Analysis - Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, published in 1850, is a classical American literature novel. It is a story that takes place in the puritan town of Boston, Massachusetts during the seventeenth century. The novel tells the story of a woman, Hester Prynne, who commits a crime and is severely punished by the Puritan community which she lives in. The crime is so atrocious and condemned by the Puritans that they sentence her to a life of isolation. The story follows her decisions and warring struggles of her everyday life and that of those she loves....   [tags: scarlet letter, nathaniel hawthorne, puritans] 1568 words
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A Perception of Sin: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter - Through out the course of history, those who were considered sinners were often out casted from the society. This is much the case with Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. After a public trial, Hester is considered a sinner due to her birthing of a so called “devil child”. Hester is convicted to the life long bearing of a scarlet letter on her chest. The Scarlet Letter that Hester Prynne wears symbolizes the change in perception of sin through out the novel. Due to the revelations of the governor Winthrop and the reverend Dimmesdale, the way sin is perceived changes from one of shame to the idea that every one is a sinner in their own right....   [tags: sin, religion, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Scarlet Letter] 878 words
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