The Transformation of Hester in The Scarlet Letter

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The Transformation of Hester in The Scarlet Letter

The Puritans came from England in the sixteen hundreds to break

free from the laws and regulations made by the king of England. In the new

world, they were able to practice their own form of religion. The Puritans

believed in God and His laws. "A Young Puritan's Code" was "Being sensible,

that I am unable to do anything without God's help, I do humbly entreat him

by his grace to enable me to keep these resolutions so far as they are

agreeable to his will, for Christ sake." (Jonathan Edwards) And they had

over fourteen resolutions to keep. Although this is Jonathan Edwards

interpretation, it was most likely the way the Puritan lived. And they

probably obeyed it out of fear for their life. For sinners are in the

hands of a angry God.

Many years later Nathaniel Hawthorn was greatly interested by the

Puritans. This 19th-century American novelist, was born on July 4, in

Salem, Massachusetts, and died May 11, 1864. He was the first American

writer to apply artistic judgment to Puritan society. He was intrigued by

the psychological insight into the complexities of human motivations and

actions. In The Scarlet Letter, he expressed one of the central legacies

of American Puritanism, using the plight of Hester Prynne and Arthur

Dimmesdale to illustrate the conflict between the desire to confess and the

necessity of self-concealment. Hawthorne grew up with his two sisters and

their widowed mother, and an uncle saw to his education at Bowdoin College.

In 1852, Hawthorne wrote the campaign biography of Franklin Pierce, an old

college friend. The best of Hawthorn's early fiction was gathered in

Twice-Told Tales, Mosses from an Old Manse, and The Snow-Image. These

capture the complexity's of the New England Puritan heritage. Hawthorne's

writing had a wide range of influence upon people, such as Melville who

dedicated the great classic Moby-Dick to him. One of Hawthorne's most

famous novels is The Scarlet Letter. One of his characters (Hester Prynne)

is changed throughout the novel. Hester changes three different times,

from being a shamed woman to a capable women and then to a healer.

Hester Prynne emerges from the prison, proud and beautiful wearing
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