Bravery In Disguise In Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter

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Carrie Hayden
Mrs. Maeger
English III Honors
16 October 2017 Bravery in disguise Hester Prynne is an outsider, along with many people in today's society because of things like race, religion, and beliefs. An example of a modern day relation to Hester Prynne is Melania Trump. She is judged and criticized by many people because she is not from America. Even though she is the President’s wife, she is not accepted by many. Since people are not fond of her, they have started attacking her family, most importantly, her son. Along with Melania, Hester is not accepted by the people around her because of the scarlet letter she wears and because of her daughter Pearl, who is a living symbol of her sin. In the novel, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel
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Hester is being publicly humiliated and punished for a two-way sin. Through all of the judgments, Hester stays humble and brave no matter how many people try to drag her down. Hester’s reputation is being destroyed by this letter, and the shame that supposedly lingers within the scarlet letter. She has isolated herself from the judgments of herself, Pearl, and Dimmesdale. He is suffering within and is slowly dying from the internal pain of love. Throughout this novel, Chillingworth constantly tries to harm Dimmesdale and learn what he is hiding from the townspeople. Dimmesdale is a coward and he is afraid of letting the truth be known. Dimmesdale exclaimed,”Then, and there, before the judgment-seat, thy mother, and thou, and I, must stand together! But the daylight of this world shall not see our meeting”(Hawthorne 121). This quote shows how Dimmesdale wants to tell everyone the truth but he is too cowardly that he wants to stand with Hester and Pearl when it is dark, where his reputation will not be damaged. Hester and Pearl laughed at Dimmesdale’s idea to stand and …show more content…
The Magistrate stated,”Woman, it is thy badge of shame! It is because of the stain which that letter indicates, that we would transfer thy child in to other hands”(Hawthorne 89). Many thought that Pearl would not grow up the “right way” if Hester was her mother because of her sin. Pearl thought that she would also receive a scarlet letter, when she grew up because her mother was the only person that would acknowledge her and that is all she knew while growing up. Hester’s husband, Rodger Chillingworth, is overflowing with vengeance and evil from the jealously caused by Dimmesdale’s love for Hester. Throughout the novel, Chillingworth constantly tries to get closer Dimmesdale by taking care of him as a doctor. He also tries to learn what Dimmesdale is hiding from the townspeople. Chillingworth said,”What choice had you… My finger, pointed at this man, would have hurled him from his pulpit into a dungeon,- thence, peradventure, to the gallows”(Hawthorne 133). He wanted for Dimmesdale to be thrown into prison or hanged for his actions. Chillingworth wanted revenge and he was willing to do whatever it took of him to do

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