Hester Prynson Symbol Analysis
It is clear from the dilemma above that while what we choose to say and do can say a lot about us, in the same instance it can do the exact opposite. Whether an action or feature reveals any sliver of a person’s character is dependant on what the audience or bystander chooses to focus on. Just as a feature can be both a means to demonstrate traits and a means to do the exact opposite, throughout the novel, the eponymous symbol acts as a means to shed light on the truth behind two of the main characters’, Hester Prynne and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, personalities and actions, but also pushes the misperceptions held by their society towards these two characters. This contrast further proves that people are often misjudged by appearance or a singular action/first impression.
Through the symbol of the Scarlet Letter, Hester is shown as a confident and powerful character who stands out, but through the eyes of her society she is seen as sinful and disrespectful character who is easy to pity and judge. Hester’s A is described as “...artistically done, and with so much fertility and gorgeous luxuriance of fancy, that it had all the effect of a last and fitting decoration to the apparel which she wore, and which was of a splendour in accordance with the taste of the age, but greatly beyond what was …show more content…
Their scarlet letter’s appearance reflects how they react to their sin and their core personality traits. From these traits, how the community views, how they present themselves and their sin, a prevalent theme can be found: people are often misjudged based on a single action or feature due to the perception held by the community judging them. This theme can be commonly found in people’s daily lives. Just as the community in Scarlet Letter bases their perception of others on a single or couple of actions and features, so does society in reality as well, and just as this misjudging of character resulted in only trouble for the society in the novel, the same occurs in communities today. From the Scarlet Letter, observations in today’s society, and experiences you might have had yourself similar to this, if you are so unfortunate to have one like it, we can learn to no longer judge people based on petty actions or