Relationship between the Scarlet Letter and Hester's Identity

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Yuridia Tapia
Mrs. Conway
English 3 2b
11 November 2012

The Relationship Between The Scarlet Letter and Hester's Identity. The scarlet letter represent the various themes of adultery and it also brings about the suffering and hardship, the loneliness that she had to endured in the book. It was supposed to signify her hideous crimes but it proves to be a powerful sign of identity of her own true self. After her release from prison, she was not allowed to remove the Scarlet letter from her body and resumes her normal life, showing that she stills have to pay for her actions and consequences would still be there.”It is remarkable, that persons who speculate the most boldly often conform with the most perfect quietude to the external regulations of society, The thoughts alone suffice them, without investing itself in the flesh and blood of action.” This letter function as a physical reminder the truth of Hester's affair with Dimmesdale. Hester determined that her own identity should be controlled by her only rather than let others push and manipulate her around. She felt that if she had run away or remove the scarlet letter, she would be shown as a weakling as a acknowledgment of the society's control over her life.”she wanted what some people want throughout life a grief that should deeply touch her, and thus humanize and make her capable of sympathy.” This scarlet letter symbolizes her entire life, her own experiences and character about who is really her, her inner and outer being. Her past crime is part of her, to denying what she had already done is to deny part of herself, as the sin is what her true self is and will always be. For Hester, to remove the scarlet letter would be to acknowledge the power it has in determining who she is. The letter would prove to have successfully restricted her if she were to become a different person in its absence. Hester chooses to continue to wear the letter because she is determined to transform its meaning through...
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