The Human Spirit In Good Night And Good Luck And The Scarlet Letter

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When faced with trouble, the outside of a person is stripped away, layer by layer, until all that’s left is their spirit. What happens then is what defines the human race as a whole; ordinary people are turned into persistant, determined, relentless fighters. When one is backed into a wall and all hope seems lost, the human spirit comes out to play. It laughs in the face of asperity, saying,”You can’t scare me, I always win”. One might even call it stubborn, but, at the end of the day, the human spirit is always there to guide people through their troubles. Two distinguished examples of the fortitude of the human soul appear in the movie Good Night and Good Luck and the novel The Scarlet Letter; the characters Hester Prynne and Edward Murrow …show more content…
In both cases, they were able to prove that they were strong enough to overcome any obstacle thrown in their way.
“Fall down seven times, stand up eight”. It’s a Japanese proverb everyone has heard at some point in their life. But what does it really mean? It means strength. It means never backing down no matter how many times one has failed. It is exactly what Hester Prynne must do when she is released from prison. Hester is no longer a person; to the townspeople, she is a consequence, a disgrace, an abomination. Hester is an example of exactly what not to be. People look down on her. Not one person is willing to show her some kindness; as the author notes,“With this unattended walk from her prison door, began the daily custom, and she must sustain and carry it forward by the ordinary resources of her nature or sink beneath it” (Hawthorne 70). Hester must learn to keep herself afloat. If she can’t do that, she will never make it in the harsh environment of the Puritan community. All that Hester has is her daughter Pearl, and even raising Pearl is a challenge. Most of the puritans view Pearl as the devil child. Are they wrong? After all,
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He heard new information and reported it on his show, unlike Hester, who created the news.When Hester was put up on the scaffold, the whole town gathered to see what was happening. Murrow was censured when he finally finished his quest. Even though he was successful, his controversial reports caused his sponsors to withdraw their affiliation with him. When Hester returns to the puritan community, she is highly regarded. People often come to her to seek advice and comfort. Not only do their stories end differently, but they start off differently as well. Hester’s story begins when she is caught breaking a law. Murrow, on the other hand, was speaking out against Joseph McCarthy and standing up for what he believed

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