analytical Essay
993 words
993 words

In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, there is a love triangle fulfilled with love, lust, and sin, portrayed by Hester Prynne, Roger Chillingworth, and Reverend Dimmesdale which ultimately created an offspring, Pearl. Hester Prynne was a young woman married to her estranged husband, Roger Chillingworth, whom she thought was deceased. Hester later found out in chapter 2, the market place that he was still living when she saw him in the crowd while standing on the scaffold. While in the market place, Hester’s sins were publicly exposed on the scaffold to the townspeople who were harsh, and judgmental, Puritans. During this era, Puritans were sought to be pure and their sole purpose was to purify the church. However, Puritans were just like any other Christian believer, they were hypocrites. Hypocrites are individuals who only see wrong in others, but fail to realize wrong within their own self. With that being said, the townspeople only knew one thing, that Hester Prynne committed adultery with a married man. As the hypocrites they are, the townspeople were only concerned with what Hester had done and not the married man. Ironically, the name of the married man was questioned by the married man, Reverend Dimmesdale. . Awkwardly, he wanted to reveal his sins, but he wanted them to be revealed by someone else, such as Hester. Because Hester had given birth to Pearl, it only made the situation more complicated for Hester and poor Pearl. Pearl grew up anxious and wild. Overall, Hester Prynne proved to society that she would not allow committing a sin and giving birth out of wedlock to hinder her. Hester was married to Roger Chillingworth, but cheated with

Reverend Dimmesdale, and ended up pregnant out of wedlock, by a married ...

... middle of paper ..., Hester has an affair with a married Reverend and gives birth to their child, but she takes full responsibility for her actions, whereas Reverend Dimmesdale does not. Morally, holding sins over your head can lead to death as read in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Minister’s Black Veil and The Scarlet Letter. Also, Hester proved to all the hypocrites that doubted her that just because she sinned does not mean that cannot continue to live. Because Hester committed adultery, she began to take life more seriously than before. As a result, she became more independent and strong-minded. Nevertheless, she learned from her mistakes and used them wisely to help raise her daughter, Pearl. Around the Puritan era committing adultery was unheard of, once you sinned, your sins were publicly exposed to the world, and Hester used her mistakes to help raise her daughter, Pearl.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes the relationship between hester prynne, roger chillingworth, and reverend dimmesdale in nathaniel hawthorne's the scarlet letter.
  • Narrates how hester was a role model for pearl during the puritan era, when committing adultery was like suicide.
  • Analyzes how hester, married to roger chillingworth, cheated by engaging in sexual relations with reverend dimmesdale, who was too caught up in the opinions of others about his sinning.
  • Analyzes how the scaffold symbolizes public exposure of private sins and the means of redemption through confession. reverend dimmesdale took the easy way, instead of enduring ridicule.
  • Analyzes how hester was a role model for pearl no matter the circumstances. she proved to herself and the townspeople that she would not be defeated by the judgment of others.
  • Analyzes how hester's moral in the scarlet letter is to be true to oneself. she does not apologize for who she is, but for her wrongdoing.
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