(page 48) Even so, she cannot hide from what her sin has produced. Every day her daughter Pearl reminds her of her sin. The only way to freedom is to avoid being defined by the society in which she finds herself. It is a gradual process but slowly, due to her compassion for the poor and sick, people start to view Hester's badge as meaning “Able” rather than “Adulteress”. Eventually her badge becomes a blessing as other women come to her for advice and counseling in that, “people brought all their sorrows and perplexities, and besought her counsel, as... ... middle of paper ... ...pite being forgiven by Mr. Dimmesdale.
Morally, holding sins over your head can lead to death as read in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Minister’s Black Veil and The Scarlet Letter. Also, Hester proved to all the hypocrites that doubted her that just because she sinned does not mean that cannot continue to live. Because Hester committed adultery, she began to take life more seriously than before. As a result, she became more independent and strong-minded. Nevertheless, she learned from her mistakes and used them wisely to help raise her daughter, Pearl.
The letter is a symbol of strength and endurance, a symbol of adultery, and a symbol of guilt and shame. Hester was initially ashamed by the letter “A” stitched on her chest and she often tried to cover it up with Pearl, her daughter, and hide from the stares, but "one token of her shame would but poorly serve to hide another" (54). Throughout the storyline, Hester comes to terms with her “token of shame” (54) and learns to embrace it. She uses the letter “A” as a way of showing the community how strong she is and how she can overcome the stereotypes of an adulteress and be a strong, independant and talented
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... ... middle of paper ... ...rne describes her as not letting her hand cover the symbol. She grew to understand her fate and continues to make the best of it, doing all that she could to be normal in a society where she is seen as an outcast. The way I feel about Hester is quite odd, for reading about an adulteress should have given me the vibe of disgust or detachment from her description. However, her actions throughout the novel brought me to understand her emotions and mentally strive for her happiness, which, in a way, never fully occurred. Hawthorne taught me, through Hester, that although things made be difficult and out of reach, one can achieve at least a fraction of what they want to achieve in life no matter how bad the circumstances may be.
I believe that Hawthorne wanted The Scarlet Letter to be less about the many characters and more about how the characters are developed throughout the full length of the story. The main character, Hester Prynne, is conflicted with herself about her “sin”, her daughter Pearl. The guilt felt by Hester was derived from her time spent as a harlot. Hester also has a “good side” of herself. She “uses” her daughter as a reminder to herself to keep moving forward and keep living and keep trying to earn her redemption for her “sin” from the settlers of Boston, Massachusetts.
In the novel Purple Hibiscus, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a character named Beatrice also known as Mama, has many dynamic traits. Mama is a religious woman who respects and highly prioritizes her family. Mama’s husband Eugene becomes more abusive toward her children and herself which causes her to lose her unborn baby. In Mama’s mind and heart, she knows she has to protect her children so she makes the decision to poison Eugene. Mama’s character changes throughout the book, as she first starts as a very quiet and caring character but as Eugene’s abusiveness increases, it develops her into becoming a perpetrator that caused her to be very depressed.
In this manner, Hester forces the child to become det... ... middle of paper ... ... her mother's vice. In fact, Hawthorne points out what is viewed as normal because of the burden lifted from her soul: "they [Pearl's tears] were the pledge that she would grow up amid human joy and sorrow" (233). Pearl is an offspring of sin whose life revolves around the affair between her mother and Reverend Dimmesdale. Due to her mother's intense guilt during her upbringing, she is not able to become more than a mirror image of her surroundings; like a chameleon, she mimics everything around her, and the changes that occur externally affect her internally. Pearl stands out as a radiant child implicated by the sin of her parents.
She defeats her fear of her husband, Kevin when she becomes strong enough to fight back against him. Katie goes through the steps of overcoming her obstacles over the course of the novel, showing women that are being abused there is hope and proof love heals all wounds. Katie’s hardships make her struggle with feeling normal because the feeling is so foreign to her. Katie feels alienated in her community because she believes her trials make her unlike anyone else. Her trials include being abused, escaping, and the constant fear of being found.
Hester and Dimmesdale are overcome with shame due to the bearing of their adulterous love child Pearl. Pearl Prynne is symbolically representing her parents sins in the flesh. Everyday she is a living reminder to Hester of her passionate, or in the Puritans view, sinful tendencies. She lives as a mark on Hester’s life; much like the scarlet A she bears across her chest. The community that Hester lives in does not separate religion from state and every act that is done in passion, is done of sin; sin that will be punished for the whole settlement to see.