Analysis Of Hester Prynne In The Scarlet Letter

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In the novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne does a great job on showing the life is like in the 1600’s and everything in their day to day lives. The novel might have been given the label of an adulterous affair novel, but it is more of the strict punishment given by the British community and the mental ramification on the main characters. This might be shown through how all the characters are each their own and have their own symbols, how Hester Prynne is a strong character despite all of the trials, and how Pearl stands for who Hester really is and what she stands for through the novel.
The novel opens by showing Hester Prynne in prison for the consequences she has committed in adultery and how she has been subject to an official
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Despite all of the reactions from every person Hester stood up for herself and took the high road in not revealing who her lover was because she knew it would end his career and it would not have made her feel any better. Even after all of her humiliation she in fact still stood up for self and this is why Hester is a strong female character because after all of her humiliation and being shunned out of the town she stayed there instead of packing up and going to a new town. She said, “But, out of the whole family, it would not have have been easy to select the same number of wise and virtuous persons” (Hawthorne, 55), this is one of the reasons why she did not want to leave the town and move somewhere else. Hester might not have been having the greatest life, but she felt that it would be best for her and her daughter to stay in that town because that is where all her friends are and where her family is and she realized that if she could stand through this and get the churches forgiveness that it would be what is best. Even though she did commit adultery, she still stood up for herself and stuck it out in that town where everyone shunned her. This is something that most people would never do because people like to run away from their problems instead of facing them, and that is something Hester did …show more content…
It was supposed to represent the fact that she had committed a terrible sin and that no one to talk to her. This letter then becomes a strong symbol of who Hester Prynne really is and it keeps pushing her forward. On the letter itself, there is an “A” which is used to stand for being an adulterer, but Hester then realizes that the “A” also stands for “able” and how she was able to stand through all of the shame she was put through. Also how she was able to take the high road and not tell everyone right away who the father of her baby was. Hester also said, “She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom.” (Hawthorne, 149), when she finally accepted that if people would not accept her then she would show them how good she could do it without them and with the power to do anything. This shows how powerful she is and how she is not just like all the other people who ridiculed her for her pregnancy and did not even worry about who the father of her child

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