The scaffold was the ultimate symbol of shame and guilt. She is publicly shamed for her role as an adulteress, but she refuses to reveal the identity of her novel. Officially, she is a widow. The scarlet letter made her what she became, and, in the end, she grew stronger and more at peace through her suffering. Yet, there are a few who believe it is more than enough: as one bystander remarks, she feels every stitch in her chest.
Rather, he will use patient and slow tactics of destruction to achieve revenge: Chillingworth symbolizes true evil. He has the independent position of Collector, which allows him to avoid the politicized shuffling of positions. Indeed, the fine stitch work around the A has reduced it to an ornament, a decorative and trivial accessory. This analysis is about Hester Prynne, the main character and focuses on three of her attitudes, appearance, and morals. Soman Chainani, August 15, 2007, and Adam Kissel, ed. They told her that she was 1182 Words 5 Pages Chapters 2-3 When Hester Prynne is first introduced in the novel, she comes off as a young woman who has lost all control of her life due to her adultery conviction. Hester is only to have a brief respite, however, because Pearl angrily demands she resume wearing the scarlet A.
However, she believes that her mother must live with the A on her dress because that is how she identifies Hester, and asks her to pick it up herself and wear it, when Hester takes it off in the forest. Had Dimmesdale left the Earth without confessing, Pearl would have been condemned to a life of rage, misery, and a completely one-dimensional existence. She is honest about her affair, but after she is released from jail, she isolates herself from the rest of the society and covers her beauty by wearing a hat. What makes Hester so likable is her reaction to getting caught. She is Hester and Arthur's daughter.
Hawthorne paints a picture for the reader of Hester's beauty. I will not give her up! Since Hawthorne has made Chillingworth a two-faced and treacherous character, it is difficult to know whether he tells the truth here, or is simply encouraging Hester with a lie. Dimmesdale fears the different worlds cannot combine. John Wilson the eldest clergyman in Boston and a friend of Arthur Dimmesdale. Dimmesdale confesses his sin before revealing something on his chest that horrifies the crowd even further. Also, she shows honesty by openly recognizing her sin, unlike Dimmesdale who hides and is weakened. She receives payback from her would-be stepfather Roger Chillingsworth in the form of a large inheritance.
But, that is not to say that she is unsusceptible to change. Hester might nurse the sick and clothe the poor just like any charitable Puritan woman, but all the soft, womanly feelings are gone from her heart. The conflict between what is real and perceived is a persistent theme in the story, most notably through Dimmesdale and Chillingworth. In the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne, who portrays Puritan woman living in Boston, proves to be a dynamic character. She eventually was a founder of antinomian Rhode Island. Hester is thus paired with Dimmesdale upon the scaffold for his final moments.
And just look at how she does it: wisely judging that one token of her shame would but poorly serve to hide another, she took the baby on her arm, and, with a burning blush, and yet a haughty smile, and a glance that would not be abashed, looked around at her townspeople and neighbours. Pearl becomes agitated and passes the time before the Election Sermon by dancing. As a wise songstress once sang: what doesn't kill you. It's hard to think of a modern day equivalent, because most of us just don't live in communities that have rules like this—but it's basically the same as if Hester proposed going to live on the moon. This idea seems unlikely, but it goes hand-in-hand with the acts of revenge Chillingworth carries out in his parasitic attack on Dimmesdale, sucking the virility out of the man. A nalysis This opening chapter of the main narrative introduces several of the images and themes within the story to follow.
It runs away and hides itself, because it is afraid of something on your bosom. Indeed, when Chillingworth appears while Hester is on the scaffold, she seems paralyzed by fear at first. This strength was inside of her all along, but it is the scarlet letter that eventually brings it to our attention. Hester manages to catch her husband alone and implores him to stop torturing the revered. In the beginning, the townspeople came off as unforgiving, ruthless individuals who wanted a more intense punishment for Hester. Since Pearl has never seen a man wear a scarlet letter, and she knows that Dimmesdale has a similar black mark not indicated by the scarlet letter , perhaps this is Hawthorne again bringing to light the issue of inequality between man and woman.
As readers we wonder how she has the authority to demand this action from him, because such a command would normally be out of place for someone to make to a priest in this Puritan society. This reference suggests the old age of General Miller, with this story being written in 1850. She equals both her husband and her lover in her intelligence and thoughtfulness. To admit he is wrong takes strength, but the way that he held in his sin thus committing two, one of the original sin, and two of the concealment, then confessing after years of frustrating cowardice takes a stronger man. The first physical description of Hester follows just after her release. However, even though he has not proven himself as a character to necessarily be trusted, we do notice how his guilt changes him and he is making steps towards, perhaps, revealing his secret. He also might seek vengeance on the true father for stealing his chance at a family.
But there is still the mystery. She ascends the stairs and stands, now fully revealed to the crowd, in her position of shame and punishment for the next few hours. The first simile represents Chillingworth as a miner, looking for something valuable without negative consequence of action. Why did she commit the crime? Her rekindled love with Arthur makes her happy again, and everything just seems right for them. Then they adjusted to British colonial rule and allied with them against the United States in the War of 1812. Symbolically, when Hester removes the letter and takes off the cap, she is, in effect, removing the harsh, stark, unbending Puritan social and moral structure. It pains Hester to watch her child go about the world as if possessed by an agent of Satan, and she both loves, and in some ways, loathes the child.
Hester wants to keep her daughter, so she wants to make it obvious that Pearl is as much a scarlet letter as the one they made her to wear on her breast. For Dimmesdale When the meteor shines in the sky, taking the shape of the letter A, Dimmesdale takes it as a sign that he is meant to confess of his affair to Hester, acknowledge Pearl as his daughter, and take his part of the responsibility that Hester has been taking all these years. Her husband, later revealed to be , first took her to Amsterdam and then sent her to America to await his arrival. Hawthorne uses this chapter to comment on the unequal treatment of men and women in society. What has been consistently a metaphor for good in the novel the growing of flowers now grows with evil connotations.