As a result, Hester becomes “terror-stricken by the revelations that [are] made” (82). After witnessing so many other adulterers, her own sin should naturally seem less evil. Ironically, the letter has led her “amiss.” Despite its purpose to rehabilitate her sinning ways, the letter has shaken her faith in God and humanity. Since her reputation as a sinner is openly displayed in the form of the letter “A,” she no longer needed to hide from sinning and could enjoy moral freedom without consequences. Furthering this irony is that the town now is considering letting Hester remove the mark because she has rebuilt her
Through the public humiliation of forcibly wearing the “A” Hester’s character develops for the better as she feels that the letter has grown apart of her and given her freedom. After Hester’s sin she was able to change her reputation by proving to the puritan community that she was worthy, leading
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
During her public prosecution, Hawthorne depicts Hester’s elegant, dignified beauty and the crowd’s eyes being drawn to the scarlet letter by stating, “it had the effect of a spell, taking her out of th... ... middle of paper ... ...ways. While many readers view the scarlet letter as a mark of adultery and Hester Prynne as a sinful woman. Nathaniel Hawthorne evolves the scarlet letter into many elements that transform it into a prideful symbol. In doing so, Hawthorne makes a social commentary on Puritan society by implying they view things in one way. Additionally, he uses the scarlet letter to show good and evil are essentially the same.
Hawthorne uses Hester Prynne's Scarlet Letter to convey the symbolism of stigma and oppression, but also to act as a catalyst that will eventually cause her to triumph over its negative effects on her soul. Originally, the Scarlet Letter has "such potent and disastrous efficacy", that "no human sympathy" (91) can reach Hester. Hawthorne capitalizes on the Puritans fear of sin, and so the Scarlet Letter acts as a tangible caveat that drives them away. Hester must bear the terrible burden of being ostracized from her community due to her crimes against the Almighty, as well as Puritan morals. But as "the tendency of her fame and fortunes [...] set her free", Hester's Scarlet Letter becomes a "passport into regions where other women dar[e] not tread" (190).
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. It was put upon Hester’s bosom to claim her unholiness but instead the "punishment" served as a way for Hester to grow stronger.
Hawthorne states that “The poor…, whom [Hester] sought out to be the objects of her bounty, often reviled the hand that was stretched forth to succor them.” Still, Hester found her niche in making clothing. She was able to do as she hoped, which was “…not to acquire anything beyond a subsistence, of the plainest and m... ... middle of paper ... ...death. Hawthorne makes a powerful statement in his novel, encouraging readers that any punishment is surely not as terrible as that which we put upon ourselves by hosting an unclear conscience. Hester Prynne is transformed before the reader’s eyes, from a sinful character unworthy of humanity’s mercy to a respectable and admirable woman who has turned her life around. Dimmesdale is transformed as well, from a respected man who made a mistake to a terrifying character who could not own up to his wrongdoings.
The main idea of The Scarlett Letter is “sin and its impacts” on both individual and society which is demonstrated through its characters Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth. This main idea hailed from the author’s deep rooted puritanism. Hawthorne illustrated different levels of his main idea through his three characters. Each of the main characters are guilty of one kind of sin such as sin of adultery (Hester Prynne), sin of hypocrisy (Arthur Dimmesdale) and sin of vengeance (Roger Chillingworth). In this novel, the main character Hester Prynne has been punished for her sin of adultery.
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. In the beginning of the Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne is standing on a scaffold, before puritan elders, being tried for adultery. The elders find her to be guilty and sentence her to the wearing of a scarlet letter on her chest for the rest of her life. The people of the town were angry and astonished that Hester, a fair young lady, had sinned.
And it is this power of accepting and enduring her sins that the power of the scarlet letter brings. A symbol meant to signify her hideous crimes but instead a sign of identity of her own true personality. A letter that can symbolize an entire life, past crimes, and what brings the encouragement to not deny who you really are, and to be proud of yourself. Works Cited Friend, Tony. Another Day.