Hester Prynne In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter

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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “ The Scarlet Letter’’ is a classical story about sin, punishment and revenge. It all began with a young woman named Hester Prynne who has committed adultery, and gave birth to a child in a Puritan society. Through the eyes of the puritans Hester has gone against their religious ways. Hester must now wear the symbol of the letter “A” on her clothing for the rest of her life as act of shame. Hester Prynne faces a long journey ahead and her strength enables her to continue on.
From the very beginning Hester is seen as a beautiful women who carried a child with an antonymous father. The Puritan society punishes her by standing on the scaffold for three hours and ...view middle of the document...

Hester is released from the cell and finds a home by the sea for Pearl. Pearl loved to misbehave and Hester had no way of controlling her child. The governor confronts Hester of the child’s behavior. Hester refuses to let him take away her child, "God gave me the child! He gave her in requital of all things else, which he had taken from me . . . Ye shall not take her! I will die first!" "God gave her into my keeping. I will not give her up!" (Hawthorne 114) Hester is not ashamed of her daughter and she willing to fight for her if she has to.
Hester starts to feel comfortable wearing the letter “A” against her bosom. The letter “A” was used to show the sin she committed along with letting everyone in the community know that she is a sinner, but as time passed much of society began to ignore the letter completely. Hester found a job as a seamstress and several individuals wore her work. Hester finally becomes a part of society and the townspeople are willing to rely on her. She transforms the original meaning of the letter "A" (adultery) so that the judgmental community comes to see her stigmatized letter as a badge of honor: people assert that "it meant Able; so strong was Hester Prynne, with a woman's strength" But Hester does not accept the community's new interpretation. After many years, when the town fathers ask her to remove the "letter" and forget the past, Hester fuses. As an artist creating embroidered beauty, Hester has infused the letter as well as her existence...

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