Hester Prynne, a proud spirit in the strong thresholds of a judgmental society
Many people try and hide the things that hinder them. They hide them instead of displaying them; so they won’t be outcaste by the rest of society. Nowadays, people are very self conscience and worry about what many others think about them. It is very uncommon for a person to be proud or self-righteous, for something they had said or done that society thinks is unbearable. Sometimes, a person can disregard what everyone else is thinking of their actions, and instead show that it doesn’t matter to them. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Scarlet Letter”, a common women in her society, does something that fills others with disgust and ridicule. Hester Prynne; already married, falls in love with and conceives with Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, while her husband is studying in Europe. Many people in her community believed that by committing these acts with Dimmesdale she was guilty of adultery. Her punishment for committing these offenses was, to wear a grand letter A on her chest for the rest of her life, as if having the baby wasn’t enough embarrassment. Although Hester is put through all this ridicule and embarrassment, she stays proud too what she has done, instead of cowering away from her society and their cruel ways.
To begin, the people amongst Hester’s community make it evident that what she has done disgusting, and thus her actions will not go unscathed. Hester, after having the Ingram 2
baby is brought out onto a scaffold where she is too be publicly condemned, the author describes this scene by writing “she repelled him, by an action marked with natural dignity and force of character, and stepped into the open air, as if by her own free will.”(50). Hester doesn’t care what the townspeople are thinking or saying about what she has done, it doesn’t matter too her. Hawthorne writes that Hester casts the town-beadle’s arm off her shoulder, to show that she doesn’t need to be escorted...
Cited: Hawthorne, Nathaniel
The Scarlet Letter
New York: Bantam Books, 2003. Print.
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