The Redemption of Hester Prynne In The Scarlett Letter

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You would think a woman who committed such a sin as adultery would never be forgiven by God, or her fellow Puritans. When Hester Prynne was found guilty of committing adultery, she received much hatred for her crime. No one wanted anything to do with this woman. None of these people, not even Hester, see her in years gone by as a new woman. In The Scarlett Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the changes that happen seem to bring her to a new purity and a new attitude. She turned a bad situation and unwanted baby into a gift. Hester knew her crime, and she always accepted it and never would deny The Scarlett letter on her chest. Her positive attitude later led to helping others and coming out of isolation.
Everyone in the town thought that baby Pearl was satan’s child. Pearl was not wanted and looked down on. But Hester didn’t hate her baby, she cherished her. Pearl was all that she had, and she didn’t mind it. Hester made the bad situations into good. She raised Pearl all by herself. When everyone else thought Pearl was sent from the devil, Hester knew she was a gift from God. She kept a positive attitude at most times, keeping her spirits up. Instead of giving up in her downfall, she reached out for her uprise. Not only did she redeem herself of her sin, she redeemed herself of her weight trying to bring her down. Hawthorne quotes in Chapter 5 “The days of the far-off future would toil onward, still with the same burden for her to take up, and bear along with her, but never to fling down; for the accumulating days, and added years, would pile up their misery upon the heap of shame”
When Hester received her punishment as wearing a scarlet letter for the rest of her life, instead of making a small, plain A on her clothing, s...

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...iven by the townspeople, but by God. In a conversation with Arthur Dimmesdale, she remarks "Heaven would show mercy, hadst thou but the strength to take advantage of it." (Chapter 17) Most importantly, Hester forgave herself. Instead of giving up, she kept going. She redeemed herself of the sin and the heavy weight of the brand on her chest. Hawthorne quotes “She had wandered, without rule or guidance, in a moral wilderness; as vast, as intricate and shadowy, as the untamed forest, amid the gloom of which they were now holding a colloquy that was to decide their fate.” (Chapter 18) Teaching that Hester learned a few things about life while she lived with her guilt for all those years. Learning to deal with her sin helped people realize she wasn’t such a bad person after all. Everyone sins, Hester just learned to flaunt her mistakes.

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The Scarlet Letter
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