Love is a very powerful emotion and the experience can create and extreme feelings, causing one to become extremely passionate. Whether one feels love towards a person, food, job, etc, love will take them into its grasp and make them fanatical. Hester Prynne experienced a deep sense of love in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The Scarlet Letter is a story, of forbidden love, about a woman named Hester Prynne who has been punished by the society for committing a grave sin, adultery. In the story, as part of her punishment, she is forced to wear the letter “A”, symbolizing adultery, on her chest for the rest of her life. Hester and her child, Pearl, are not accepted by the people and she must find a way to raise and protect her. Suddenly her husband, Roger Chillingworth, arrives in the town and tries to take vengeance on the father of Hester’s child, Arthur Dimmesdale. Little do they know that Dimmesdale makes himself pay for his sin everyday and he too bears the letter “A” etched into the skin on his chest. Throughout the entire novel, Hester remains very much in love with Pearl and Dimmesdale. She tries to protect Pearl from knowing the true meaning of the scarlet letter. This causes her to constantly tell lies to cover up the meaning. She also loves and respects Dimmesdale, and when given the choice to turn him in, she refuses to speak. Upon his request, she also keeps the identity of her real husband a secret. This is a mistake because Chillingworth tries to get revenge on Dimmesdale. In The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne’s love and concern for the well-being of others, causes her judgment to be cloudy.
Hester Prynne’s love for the father of her child, Dimmesdale, is so blinding that when given the choice of freedom in return for the name of Pearl’s father, she denies. Dimmesdale is a very kind and wise man who is also an amazing speaker. He is well respected by everyone in the town and the people, “deemed the young clergyman a...
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