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Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter

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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “ The Scarlet Letter’’ is a classical story about sin, punishment and revenge. It all began with a young woman named Hester Prynne who has committed adultery, and gave birth to a child in a Puritan society. Through the eyes of the puritans Hester has gone against their religious ways. Hester must now wear the symbol of the letter “A” on her clothing for the rest of her life as act of shame. Hester Prynne faces a long journey ahead and her strength enables her to continue on. From the very beginning Hester is seen as a beautiful women who carried a child with an antonymous father. The Puritan society punishes her by standing on the scaffold for three hours and wearing the letter A on her bosom. While standing on the scaffold all the townspeople are gathered around to stare and judge. "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!’’(Hawthorne 51). Hester is told to speak up and name the father of her child, but she refuses not to. This shows that Hester is willing to stand up alone and she is brave. As Hester grows throughout The Scarlet Letter so does her strengthen. Despite the feeling of loneliness, Hester has remarkable strength withstand townspeople and the government. The primary offender against her is Roger Chillingsworth, who married Hester before she was old enough to know the needs of her own nature (Abel 304). Hester married Chillingsworth for a fresh start but he is sent to America to live and she must wait for him to return. Hester is surprised to see Chillingsworth he comes to visit her cell... ... middle of paper ... ...Howells 173) Even though many saw the difference in Hester there was still Chillingworth who still wanted his revenge. He becomes obsessed with the punishment of the "A" and does a devilish dance when he realizes the powerful effect it has had on Dimmesdale. (Blake, "Hester's Bewitched Triangle: Within the Spell of the "A") Chillingworth pretends to be a friend to Dimmesdale and becomes his physician. Dimmesdale becomes miserable because he hidden his true identity. Hester, hast thou found peace? Whatever of good capacity there originally was in me, all of God's gifts that were the choicest have become the ministers of spiritual torment. Hester, I am most miserable! ( Hawthorne 208–209) Dimmesdale begins to torment himself with all of his thoughts and tells Hester he wants to be apart of the family they’ve made together.

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  • Analyzes how nathaniel hawthorne's "the scarlet letter" is a classical story about sin, punishment and revenge.
  • Analyzes how the puritan society punishes hester for carrying a child with an antonymous father. she is told to speak up and name the father of her child, but she refuses.
  • Analyzes how hester grows throughout the scarlet letter, despite the feeling of loneliness, she has remarkable strength withstand townspeople and the government.
  • Analyzes how hester transforms the original meaning of the letter "a" (adultery) so that the judgmental community comes to see her stigmatized letter as a badge of honor.
  • Opines that in all fiction one could hardly find a character more bold, more simply, and more quietly imagined. her transgression doesn't qualify her, as it never does unless it becomes habit.
  • Analyzes how chillingworth became obsessed with the punishment of the "a" and did a devilish dance when he realized the powerful effect it had on dimmesdale.
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