Essay on The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne And John Proctor

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A hero is defined as an individual who posses the qualities of bravery and courage. But as shakespeare taught us every hero has a tragic flaw that they possess or have committed. As sophie turner once proclaimed “To me, bravery is to stand up for what you believe in.” In order to embrace the significant term “hero” one must learn from his or hers mistakes and redeem themselves. Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and John Proctor from Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible both express traits of heroism through their courage, willingness to sacrifice, and power to forgive their own mistakes. At the beginning of the novel Hester and her baby must walk from the prison to the scaffold for public shaming. While doing so, she was called names and publicly humiliated by the town’s people. Also, she was wearing the sign of adultery the scarlet letter A. The officials expected to see a weak woman who was agitated by the letter except they saw her wear the letter A which was “surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread”(Hawthorne 50). The townspeople and the officials were confused seeing how a woman all alone has changed the punishment of the scarlet letter and turning it into a work of art. Furthermore when the church officials asked here who is the father she responded “never”(Hawthorne 64)! This act shows how courageous and resilient she is. Likewise Proctor shows how courageous he is when comforting Abigail.…

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