An analysis of adultery in the scarlet letter by hester prynne

Symbolically, when Hester removes the letter and takes off the cap, she is, in effect, removing the harsh, stark, unbending Puritan social and moral structure.

While she might be feeling agony as if "her heart had been flung into the street for them all to spurn and trample upon," her face reveals no such thought, and her demeanor is described as "haughty. Despite her lonely existence, Hester somehow finds an inner strength to defy both the townspeople and the local government.

In telling the story of the adulterous but virtuous Hester Prynne; her weak, tormented lover Dimmesdale ; and her vengeance-minded husband, ChillingworthHawthorne explores ideas about the individual versus the group and the nature of sin.

She has nothing but her strength of spirit to sustain her. The minister calls on her to give him strength to overcome his indecisiveness twice in the forest and again as he faces his confession on Election Day.

At this point Hester feels that her actions were evil and were her fault, therefore she is sorry for committing adultery. Her shame in the face of public opinion, her loneliness and suffering, and her quiet acceptance of her position make her respond to the calamities of others.

I felt no love, nor feigned any. What we know about Hester from the days prior to her punishment is that she came from a "genteel but impoverished English family" of notable lineage.

Hester defies Chillingworth when he demands to know the name of her lover. Dimmesdale, Hester, and Chillingworth all keep their relationships to one another secret, so all three characters exist in isolation within the community, although Hester is the only one who has been officially banished.

Throughout The Scarlet Letter Hester is portrayed as an intelligent, capable, but not necessarily extraordinary woman. The irony is present in the elaborate needlework of the scarlet letter. At this point in her life she does not see her adultery as a sin, but for the sake of womanhood she is regretful that she did it.

Finally, Hester sees the act as not sinful, but she regrets committing it.

The Scarlet Letter

Hester starts by seeing her act as a sin that she is sorry for committing. Her inner strength, her defiance of convention, her honesty, and her compassion may have been in her character all along, but the scarlet letter brings them to our attention.

She is, in the end, a survivor. Instead of seeing her act as impulsive, as an act of passion, Hester now inwardly decides that the act was not such an evil sin, and she is not sorry for committing it.

Ye shall not take her! She does, however, regret the adultery at the end because it damaged her and she feels she could have brought more to the world if she had not committed the act.

No friend, no companion, no foot crossed the threshold of her cottage. Consequently, Hester to sees herself and everything she enjoys, such as sewing, as sinful.

Hester is only to have a brief respite, however, because Pearl angrily demands she resume wearing the scarlet A. This ambivalence is shown by breaking the book into three different parts.

Unlike Hester, Dimmesdale has kept his sin a secret, and continues to wear one face in public and another in private.Nathaniel Hawthorne's masterpiece, The Scarlet Letter, tells the story of Hester Prynne and the punishment she endures for having committed the sin of adultery.

For a modern reader, Hester's punishment for adultery, being forced to wear a scarlet letter as a mark of shame upon her breast for life, may seem harsh and unusual. But the punishment is extraordinarily lenient in comparison to the Biblical and legal punishments that were available at the time.

The Scarlet Letter: Hester Character Throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne’s book The Scarlet Letter, Hester’s attitudes toward her adultery are ambivalent.

The Scarlet Letter: Hester Character Analysis

This ambivalence is shown by breaking the book into three different parts. The Scarlet Letter - Hester Prynne as Puritan Victim In the first several chapters of The Scarlet Letter we can understand Hester Prynne to be a good but misunderstood soul.

Labeled as an adulteress, she is the victim of the Puritan lifestyle. For example, in The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, a novel that was set in the 17th century tells the story of Hester Prynne who was convicted of adultery with a man named Reverend Dimmesdale.

The Scarlet Letter; Hester Prynne; Table of Contents. All Subjects. The Scarlet Letter at a Glance; Book Summary; Character Analysis Hester Prynne What is most remarkable about Hester Prynne is her strength of character.

While Hawthorne does not give a great deal of information about her life before the book opens, he does show her.

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