Though society tries to demean and disgrace her, Hawthorne emphasizes that Hester never looked more attractive as when she first emerged from prison wearing the scarlet letter. The sudden child whom she bore whilst people knowing her husband was still away was a strong evidence of her adultery to a person whom she tried hard to not say the name, only later at the end of the story, he was the minister of the city, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale whom she truly loved. And, that thou mayst live, take off this draught. This defiance becomes stronger and will carry her through later interviews with both Chillingworth and Governor Bellingham. Studies in the Novel 25.
Temptation got the best of both of them and a child was created, Pearl. Such is frequently the fate, and such the stern development, of the feminine character and person, when the woman has encountered, and lived through, an experience of peculiar severity. While most accepted the challenge, others denied themselves… 1930 Words 8 Pages acknowledged that Hester and Dimmesdale have committed a crime together. She blushes, but maintains a 'glance that would not be abashed. While in the Internet age we may find it hard to imagine that moving would disconnect us from the past, at the time that The Scarlet Letter was set, there was no web search that would reveal every mistake you'd ever made. Pearl continuously mocks authority in the novel, a key characteristic of the imp-child's demeanor.
In examining these quotes, we see that Hester is a woman of fortitude in the face of repeated challenges and the scorn of her community. She speculates on human nature, social organization, and larger moral questions. For one, the narrator accuses her of actually being unwomanly: Some attribute had departed from her, the permanence of which had been essential to keep her a woman. The affair produces a daughter, Pearl. Backwards to the settlement, thou sayest! It now represented, to some, able.
Although the letter does cloud her beauty, It does gain her a respect In the Puritan society through time. The scarlet letter has made Hester an outsider of her own community. The Reverend John Wilson and the minister of Hester's church, Arthur Dimmesdale, question the woman, but she refuses to name her lover. Salem is my Dwelling Place: A Life of Nathaniel Hawthorne. But in the story of Hester Prynne it is possible to see how Hawthorne, a writer with a deeply theological imagination, responded to the cultural conflicts of his time, particularly in the ways that nature and grace had been riven from each other. Although Hester becomes alienated, she remains in Boston.
She refuses to give her daughter up even under the pressure of the Governor who thinks the child insolent. It may be, we shall see flowers there; more beautiful ones than we find in the woods. I shall, indeed, stand with thy mother thee one other day, but not to-morrow! Hester's self-reliance and inner strength are further revealed in her defiance of the law and in her iron will during her confrontation with the governor of the colony. She is a constant reminder of the sin her mother can't escape from. Towards her mother, too, Pearl's errand as a messenger of anguish was all fulfilled.
She is, in the end, a survivor. See ye not, she is the scarlet letter, only capable of being loved, and so endowed with a million-fold the power of retribution for my sin? Even though she committed a sin in a moment of weakness, she strives to be a good Christian. When Dimmesdale tells Hester to never reveal him as the father, Hester obeys. Dimmesdale is Pearl's father, and he does, in this scene, tell the Governor that Pearl is Hester's salvation, but he looks ill as he says it, confirming that Hester's lover is far weaker than she is. And in the forest scene, Dimmesdale acknowledges that she has the strength he lacks and he calls on her help in his time of need.
Not only does guilt affect ones life, but it can also affect others. What makes Hester so likable is her reaction to getting caught. What Hawthorne opposes to this is not rebellion or revolution, but art, penance, and sacrifice. Through the scorn and judgment of the citizens and Roger Chillingworth Hester's husband , the two decide to remain together. She lives a quiet, somber life with her daughter, Pearl, and performs acts of charity for the poor. Hawthorne reminds us that Pearl is herself the embodiment of their love.
She pretends to obey the rules on the outside, and completely ignore society on the inside was one of the mall reasons why this Internal conflict becomes a huge problem. She always has Pearl by her side. Hester is not only the stronger one, but also the morally right one. Whither leads yonder forest track? While the manga kept the traditional black and white artwork, it highlighted the scarlet 'A' in the text by colorizing only this image on pages. A young woman, Hester Prynne, has been found guilty of adultery and must wear a scarlet A on her dress as a sign of shame. This essay will enlighten the readers on the backgrounds of the heroines, as well as their similarities which can be compared from their various attributes.
Being as strong as she is, Hester does not need the recognition because she is content with herself. First, Hawthorne painted Hester as a character of strength. In her discussion of this with Chillingworth, she tells him his obsession with revenge must be stopped in order to save his own soul. So brief a journey would bring thee from a world where thou hast been most wretched, to one where thou mayest still be happy! Chillingworth's misshapen body reflects or symbolizes the anger in his soul, which builds as the novel progresses, similar to the way Dimmesdale's illness reveals his inner turmoil. Hester plays many roles in The Scarlet Letter: devoted mother, abandoned lover, estranged wife, religious dissenter, feminist, and outcast, to name just a few. Hester Prynne, the main character, makes her own decisions without causing her community to fall apart… Words 1047 - Pages 5 The Scarlet Letter, the four main characters go through a series of events where they find themselves in need of help. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes.
When the governor is dying, she is at his side. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1991: 299. Hester knits and weaves for the townspeople. Several years later, Hester returns to Boston, resumes wearing the scarlet letter, and becomes a person to whom other women turn for solace. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1991: 301—302. Hester, as beautiful as she is, cannot be perfect.