Symbolism Of Hester Prynne In Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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Pranav Damera
Mr. Mackechnie
English Period 6
9 May 2015
“A” in the Scarlet Letter
According to Webster Dictionary, adultery is sex between a married person and someone who is not that person 's wife or husband. Even though this is still considered immoral nowadays, it is not dealt with as harshly by countries today as the Puritans. The scarlet letter “A” in the Scarlet Letter has many different meanings throughout the book. The “A” serves as a symbol throughout and helps show the suffering and strength of Hester Prynne as a character. The letter depicts society and the mindset of the time period of the Puritans. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s book, The Scarlet Letter, the letter “A” represents sin, hypocrisy, and strength throughout the novel. Hester Prynne was forced to wear the scarlet letter “A” because she
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Hester, on the scaffold, is the devil of society in the eyes of the Puritans. Hawthorne believes the Puritans are very hypocritical by starting the novel by saying the Puritans built a jail as soon as they came to the land. The Puritan’s source of knowledge of daily life is based around the Bible and the Bible preaches forgiveness. The irony here is that the Puritan’s built the jail house in the New World first. The religious hypocrisy in the “The Scarlet Letter” is very evident. Each housewife advocated for a harsher punishment for Hester at the beginning of the novel: “...they should have put the brand of a hot iron on Hester Prynne’s forehead” (Hawthorne 10). The town marks Hester with the Scarlet Letter, a symbol of hypocrisy. Furthermore, Minister Dimmesdale preached values, but he himself is the father of Pearl. Hester is convicted, but Dimmesdale, a hypocrite is free. It is only after Chillingworth urges him to and his own guilt is when he confesses his role in Hester Prynne’s life. Dimmesdale and the scarlet letter have more in common than the scarlet letter and
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