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Lynda Pichardo 4th Period October 17, 2011 The Scarlet Letter - Essay Take Home Test
In The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne presents to us the story of Hester Prynne; one full of sin, of guilt, of fear, of crime. After she commits adultery with Reverend Dimmesdale, while being married to Chillingworth, she is forced through much punishment. Too many introduced, yet only one would mark her forever; the scarlet letter.

When Hawthorne gives us imagery of the scenes on how the townspeople set Hester's consequences and punishment very clearly, her attitude and actions seemed to reject the idea of accepting her crime. Hawthorne gives us positive connotation to elaborate about this unconscious behavior," On the breath of her gown in fine red cloth, surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread, appeared the letter A. It was so artistically done, and with so much fertility and gorgeous luxuriance of fancy, that it had all the effect of a last and fitting decoration to the apparel which she wore"(Hawthorne 46). This scarlet letter was intentionally assigned in order to judge her, offend her, label her and introduce her to the town as an "adulterer", "and thereafter, for the remainder of her natural life, to wear a mark of shame upon her bossom"(Hawthorne 54). After she embroided this letter, the purpose, the complete significance seemed to have disappear. Hester had adorned the scarlet letter in a way that the punishment almost contradicted itself, perhaps not to try to convince others that she had done no evil, but to feel better herself about walking around and exposing herself to the entire town; about betraying the Puritan society and their rigid morality, and about being unloyal to her husband while he was away, because "these were her realities, -- [while] all else had vanished"(Hawthorne 51).

"Hester's nature showed itself warm and...
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