Analysis Of Hester Prynne 's ' The Scarlet Letter ' Essay

1305 Words Sep 1st, 2016 6 Pages
Is Hester Prynne ultimately a heroic figure? Make sure to support your argument with textual support, as well as a clear definition of what it means to be a hero.
Hester Prynne ultimately becomes the symbolism of a heroic figure. A hero is “a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities” according to Merriam Webster. Hester Prynne displays brave qualities with the will to survive under the weight of the Scarlet Letter. An ancient proverb says, “the greatest pains are on the inside”. Hester endures not physical pain but emotional pain. In conclusion, the undeniable fact portrays Hester as a brave character. In accordance with the definition of hero, Hester fulfills the quality of brave. Next, to determine logically if Hester is indeed a hero, one needs look at the actions of Hester. “They said that it meant Able; so strong was Hester Prynne, with a woman’s strength” (134). The people of Salem, after rejecting Hester for all eternity, accepts Hester in her selflessness. Hester, assists people without hopes of repayment. Actions provide a consistent insight into a character and when the action is systematically backboned by the testimony of others, the insight must be true. Hester defines fine qualities and brave actions and as a result constitute a hero. Ultimately, Hester is a heroic figure because she is well respected by people around her and almost seen as divine. Hester triumphs over the mental burden placed upon her by society and…

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