stupid paper

Good Essays
"With the superstition common to his brotherhood, he fancied himself given over to a fiend, to be tortured with frightful dreams, and desperate thoughts, the sting of remorse, and despair of pardon; as a foretaste of what awaits him beyond the grave. But it was the constant shadow of my presence!—the closest propinquity of the man whom he had most vilely wronged!” (188). This quote represents the sin that is lying, and the punishment that can follow. Also, it is shown simple it may be, it too causes many long and short term problems. Throughout The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne uses a few key symbols to represent major themes in the book. The most obvious and well known is the scarlet letter that Hester is forced to wear and the scaffold that reoccurs many times in the novel show the sin and punishment that is present. To begin with, the most important and influential symbol in the entire book is the infamous scarlet letter, hence the title, The Scarlet Letter. In the second chapter, Hester walks out of the prison, wearing the ill-famed scarlet letter ‘A’. During the first few years of Hester’s punishment, the letter was a daily reminder of shame. Hawthorne marks, “…Hester Prynne had always this dreadful agony in feeling a human eye upon the token; the spot never grew callous; it seemed, on the contrary, to grow more sensitive with daily torture.”(90). As the story unfolds, though, this letter comes to mean other things to Hester and the people. Rather than bringing torture to Hester, it eventually becomes a symbol to some people meaning “able.” Hawthorne writes, “They said that it meant ‘Able’; so strong was Hester Prynne, with a woman’s strength.”(178). Then a few pages later, “The scarlet letter had not done its office.”(182). The scarlet letter was meant as a punishment for Hester, and yet here we see that it hasn’t punished Hester. It was applied to her so she wud feel and show others her sin and how she is punished by it. She writes, “Thus, we

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Good Essays

    Stupid Is as Stupid Does

    • 778 Words
    • 4 Pages

    Stupid Is as Stupid Does One of the two books I read was Forrest Gump, written by Winston Groom. I spent almost two months on it, and I found it so interesting and instructive that the simple and easy words could touch my heart. Forrest Gump is a man who has a very low intelligence. Everyone, including himself, thinks that he is an idiot. The narrator of this book is himself, and it is interestingly different to see the world from an “idiot”. Though he might not be so good at dealing with social…

    • 778 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    you are walking down the road on a clear sunny day and a baseball size hailstone falls out of the sky and kills you, that’s an accident. If you are under your T and it rolls off the jack and crushes you, that defines stupid. I have mixed feelings about stupid. Most often, stupid is avoidable, but then, it helps clean up the gene pool. Wheel Chocks: A rock behind…

    • 375 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Stupid

    • 710 Words
    • 3 Pages

    First, watch this video:MythBusters - surprises Then, copy and paste the questions below into the submission box and answer the following questions as completely as possible. Complete answers will be at least a paragraph long (a paragraph is at least three full sentences!) or longer. 1. Isaac Asimov, a famous science fiction author, once said "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I've found it!), but 'That's funny...'." Based on…

    • 710 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Stupid Question

    • 171 Words
    • 1 Page

    When is a question considered stupid? A question is considered stupid when you ask something that is answered through inferring with the information available. A stupid question is when you ask a question without thinking of what the answer might be. You think of the question without thinking of what the answer is. An example is when you are passing a construction site with a demolished building and ask what is it going to become. You do not know the answer unless the right information is available…

    • 171 Words
    • 1 Page
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    Stupid in America

    • 1115 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Diana Mendoza Due Date: February 12, 2015 Lab 1 Stupid in America EDUC 13001-6301 Stupid in America Are kids really stupid in America? Some people believe it is not the students who are stupid, they believe it’s the system that’s stupid. Schools argue it’s because of the money. They need more money to give a better education. In John Stossel’s documentary we can see that money is not the problem, a school in Kansas received more than what it usually does and instead of doing better in the test…

    • 1115 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Stupid Boy

    • 437 Words
    • 2 Pages

    "Why are you so stupid?" "What do you mean stupid?" "You're just a stupid boy." "I'm a MAN." More difficult than the classes, more difficult than the pressure of college and responsibilities is the constant nagging of my female peers. In our school, they are the dominant sex and feminism can be felt from miles around. Females control our school, and there is no way of getting around it. The common myth that women are inferior to men is completely and utterly wrong. Ever since I began…

    • 437 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Stupid Girls

    • 859 Words
    • 4 Pages

    A “Stupid Girl” is a woman who intentionally decimates their appearance, intelligence, and morals for social recognition. This person harbors intelligence but prefers to subject herself to degrading her morals and appearance at any cost. Many celebrities today follow this occupation, no they are not famous because of a movie or their first hit single back in 2000, well maybe yes, but how do they stay at the top with out falling to the bottom for 13 consecutive years? The answer is pretty simple…

    • 859 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Is Google Making Us Stupid? 500 words response "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" by Nicholas Carr illustrates to me that the internet is slowing down the development of our brain. I agree with his argument that technology has affected out attention span, he sets an example of how we now cannot concentrate on the readings, Scott Karp, and Bruce Friedman, both agree that their ability to read long articles has been affected by the web. Also, I agree with Carr that we are becoming low thinking people…

    • 513 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    The Age of Stupid

    • 896 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Mgmt. 650-04 Age of Stupid questions: 1. How many of these issues were you aware of before? I was aware of global warming; however I was not aware of what the contributing factors were, how severe it was, and how we as Americans are bad consumers and our decisions are effecting our environment. 2. What did you learn? Pick two issues mentioned and describe how they are related. I learned that thousands of years ago, the energy needed to grow our crops and feed our animals was limited by the…

    • 896 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Stupid Schools

    • 1016 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Educational Reform In chapter five “Stupid Schools” of John Stossel 's book Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity we get a clear and direct view of Stossel 's view of the American Education system. It 's apparent from the beginning that in the authors opinion we 're doing things wrong, American education is a "government monopoly". Stossel states several interesting "myths" such as American public schools level the playing field, all high school students can read, and public schools are underfunded…

    • 1016 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays