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.
The disheartening insults that Hester was bombarded with at every corner inevitably made her stronger, “Shame, Despair, Solitude! These had been her teachers, —stern and wild ones, —they had made her strong, but taught her much amiss (Hawthorn 209). Through the powers of time this strength was what forged new meanings for the scarlet letter. At the beginning of the novel Hawthorne made it very clear that the scarlet letter stood for adulterer. After Hester’s public humiliation on the town’s scaffold she isolated herself in a cottage and made stunning sewed works.
She uses red to represent death. Baby Suggs, Sethe, Denver, and Paul D all have had experiences where intense colors have either warned them or effected their lives forever. Baby Suggs is a very inspirational character in Beloved. She has a very warm heart and she wants her family to enjoy their new freedom. They accepted her in the community around 124, until she is betrayed.
Hester is partially exposedalthough she reveals her sin for everyone to see through the scarlet letter and she allows the dark and serious mannerisms of Puritanical soc... ... middle of paper ... ...t-ridden victims of Puritanism could not look forward to the kind of transformation that Hester underwent and, instead, they were doomed to a lifetime of misery. Thus, through the brilliant and vivid use of colors from light to shade, from the startling to the colorless, Hawthorne builds his characters, explains their strengths and weaknesses, and shows how they react and live in a Puritan world full of dark intrigue, concealment, and hypocrisy. As characters change and evolve, so do the colors in which they are draped, yielding ultimately the lesson that brightness and openness in character will always triumph over the dark sordidness of repression and concealment.
The Scarlet Letter makes a great example of the result of adultary and the following problems through the rising action of the two main characters Hester and Dimsdale. Hester is able to aproach her sins and work towards the problems and is rewarded with coming to peace with her past. Dimsdale, on the other side, weighted with the guilt for what he has done slides go into despair without hope of recovery. In the novel, The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne Uses Symbolism By showing how characters in the novel showing how each character show different symbolism. Thesis: In the novel, The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne Uses Symbolism By showing how characters in the novel showing how each character show different symbolism.
From Hester Prynne’s first public appearance as a sinner to the A illustrated on her grave, she experiences mixed emotions both interpersonally and extrapersonally, defining why Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter receives highest regards. The novel combines various literary elements, contributing to the academic value of the novel. Symbolism, imagery, and figurative language used by Hawthorne assist in conveying the tone of the events occurring in main character’s lives, exemplifying the everlasting educational and historical value of the novel. From the first scene on the scaffold, Hester’s scarlet letter and her intense grief define her character through a shameful tone. Her A thoroughly isolates her and Pearl from the world around them, even in a crowd of familiar faces.
But, with her sin, comes the dreaded Scarlet A. The letter, which she so beautifully embroidered, se... ... middle of paper ... ...aders with knowledge and a lifelong lesson. The Scarlet Letter teaches everyone to be able to see the sin and actual insides of someone's soul. After uncovering their deep, dark secrets, one is taught not to judge or persecute the person because of what their heart contains, for their heart may be cleaner than one's own. Works Cited and Consulted: Bradley, Sculley, Beatty, Richmond Croom, and E. Hudson Long (1996).
Scarlet Letter The human mind is a powerful force and often works in unexplainable and mysterious ways. In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne shows this through the lives and actions of Hester Prynne, Roger Chillingworth and Arthur Dimmesdale; three characters in a Puritan society who are affected by the sin of adultery. Each character gives a perspective of how the beliefs of the human mind control one’s body and quality of life. Hester is the woman found guilty of committing adultery, and as punishment, is forced to wear a scarlet letter A on her chest. Hester believes that she has sinned, and thinks that she can redeem herself by doing good in the Puritan community.
Just as the “A” affects Hester it affects Dimmesdale, Pearl, Chillingworth, and the people of the town as well. To Hester, the main character and the wearer of the scarlet letter, the “A” symbolizes a lot more than the other characters in the novel. The main meaning of the “A” to Hester is that she shall be bound to her sin for life. Hester is judged by all for the letter she wears because of the adulterous sin has she committed. The scarlet letter teaches Hester different things about herself and others around her.
Hawthorne continues to say ¡°It had the effect of a spell, taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity and enclosing her in a sphere by herself¡± (37). Since the scarlet letter symbolizes sin, it is the ultimate source of social isolation for her. Hester is in a sphere of her own where her sin affects her livelihood and has completely isolated her from the world. The prison marks the beginning of a new life for Hester; a life filled with coping with consequences. Guilt is a consequence of sin that Hester must endure throughout her life, which also begins to have a profound effect on her life and thinking.