The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

811 Words Dec 2nd, 2015 4 Pages
How often are crimes committed around the world and all the culprit in question gets is a silent slap on the wrist and a stern probation? More often than not the suspect is questioned and later charged. The weight of a punishment is now measured upon the severity of the crime. Adultery nowadays will get someone a divorce and an alimony check. That is not the case for Hester Prynne and the people associated with her adulterous sin. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” Hester Prynne, Roger Chillingworth, and Arthur Dimmesdale all find themselves struggling with their own sins and what the consequences of them are.
First, there is Hawthorne’s presentation of Hester Prynne, a beautiful young woman, who tragically marries a horrid older man. Her husband upon noticing her lack of enthusiasm sends her to the new world ahead of him; under the guise of preparing a house for them. He tells her that he will come to her side once he has gotten everything in order. He never seems to reach her and she grows weary of waiting. It is expected of her that she remains faithful to him till her dying breath. But she is a young woman after all, and she does not. She becomes pregnant in her husband’s absence. This is her greatest sin, but her daughter, Pearl, will be her greatest redemption. Hester is made to stand upon a platform in front of the town to accept her fate. She stands there proud and defiant; she accepts the A and lets it become a part of herself. She refuses…

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