Theme Of Puritanism In The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne critiques Puritan ideology. Hawthorne believes in some parts of Puritan doctrine because he thinks that the God is philanthropy. Everyone has opportunity to redeem from the sin. However, he criticizes for the harsh and brutal laws of puritanism. Fear makes Puritan push aside Hester. Puritan is afraid that if they do not punish this immoral behavior in the Puritanism society, their core of society which is moral ideology will collapse Hawthorne thinks that the traditional Puritan ideology ruins the natural humanity and human right. He believes the narrow attitude of Puritan makes them only see the sin for betrayal. Puritan ignore Hester’s kind, generous, and moral personality. He uses descriptive settings…show more content…
The A symbolizes same meaning of the rose. At the beginning of the story, Hawthorne describes that there is a rose-bush on the grave .He implies that Hester will not have an opportunity to live in a puritan society because she has passionate personality like the red which is not allowed in this severe society. When she is questioned by the minister, the A signify her amour because she never tells people who is the child’s father in order to protect her lover. After Hester is out of the prison, she has to feed her daughter. Thus, she lives on her embroidery skill. She embroiders marvelous and gold flower around the letter. The A represents her good art and able characteristic. To redeem from her guilt, she uses her money to aid those poor people. Although she is alone because Puritan does not forgive her, Hester does not evade the reality. She keeps a kind and admirable heart to survive in this merciless society. Even though the A is a shame of her in other people’s viewpoint, the A is what Hester is being. The red A is like the fire, giving her warmth and hope to overcome the oppressive and cool Puritanism society. Hester transform the meaning of A from adultery, alone, and agony to aid and angel with her virtue. That is the reason she comes back to the town and live with the A forever. It signifies that the humanistic spirit defeat the extreme power of traditional framework…show more content…
Although she uncontrollable, wild, and self-willed, she looks and feels the scarlet letter by herself not by other people’s thinking. Hester is a kind, and friendly. The A is an angel for her. She is the reason Hester lives bravely and strongly. ‘‘And there stood the minister, with his hand over his heart; and Hester Prynne, with the embroidered letter glimmering on her bosom; and little Pearl, herself a symbol, and the connecting link between those two’’ (Hawthorne 106). Her being encourages Hester and Dimmesdale to face the cruel society. The A becomes the sincerest and noblest symbol of love in her eyes. Hawthorne expresses those Puritan in the town prejudge Hester for her scarlet letter. Nevertheless, Pearl perceives that her mother is generous and beautiful. Hawthorne condemns Puritan’s fool through the description of link between Pearl, scarlet letter, and
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