The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

1278 Words Jan 8th, 2016 6 Pages
Hester: “Able” to Wear The Scarlet Letter As Helen Keller once said “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” This undoubtedly played out in the character of Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Plagued by society due to an adulteress affair, with Puritan minister, Arthur Dimmesdale, Hester continuously suffers and is deemed as an outcast. Despite this public scorning, Hester develops a sense of inner strength. As a result of the affair Hester gives birth to a daughter named Pearl. Roger Chillingworth, Hester’s len husband, learns of the affair and is determined to find out who Hester was involved with. In this rifting novel, Hester inwardly overcomes a terrible mistake but must constantly deal with the public backlash while Dimmesdale is considered a beloved person in the Puritan community.
To begin, in most good books, the characters must solve a problem. In The Scarlet Letter, Hester is at the core of the problem in the story. Living in the Puritan Society, committing adultery was considered an unlawful act. People convicted of this crime spent time in jail, had to wear a public sign of adultery and were publicly shamed by all. Hester experienced all of these consequences as a result of her adulterous affair with Dimmesdale. For example, in the setting of the story Hester is walking out from the jail to be on…

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