Keep Going in The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne

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The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne is a story about a young woman who made many mistakes in her past. This woman, named Hester, has to push through all of the trials and tribulations that are put in her way. The song Carry On by Fun reinforces this idea by constantly reminding the listener to carry on and keep moving forward. An individual should pursue their happiness through the obstacles that life throws at them, no matter how devastating they are.
Hester Prynn, the main character, has to brush off all of the hate and gossip about her in the village. The main focus of Carry On is that an individual is able to make it through anything with the right amount of drive and determination. “If you’re lost and alone or you’re sinking like a stone. Carry on.” (Fun 14-16) This powerful quote explains how essential it is to move forward with life, to make a better life. “Much of the time, which she might readily have applied to the better efforts of her art, she employed in making coarse garments for the poor.” (Hawthorne 63) Even though many people did not care for Hester anymore, she wanted to live the rest of her life happily, so she worked towards making a better name for her by making clothing for the poor. Everybody in the town knew what Hester did, so she could not hide it her mistakes. She just had to keep pushing and prove that she was a great person so people would respect her again. Hester was able to better her name, mostly because she forgot about her past.
If Hester had not forgotten about her past, than she would not have been able to move forward in her life. Carry On talks about forgetting the past because it is done and over with. “May the past be the sound of your feet upon the ground.” (Fun 16-17) The past is...

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...t people must look on the bright side and remain positively driven in order to move forward in life, without looking back at the haunting past.
Individuals should have the courage to chase their happiness through all of the harsh difficulties that set them back. The three most important parts of life are; forgetting the past, moving forward, and accepting who you are as an individual. I have personally used all of these aspects, and it has helped me tremendously carry on with my life. Hester Prynn is a perfect example of how somebody can completely change their life, even when it seems like there is no hope for a better future. No matter what obstacles are put in your way, carry on.

Works Cited

""Carry On" Lyrics." FUN. LYRICS. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Feb. 2014.
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. Pleasantville, NY: Reader's Digest Association, 1984. Print.
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