Essay about The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

1178 Words Nov 2nd, 2015 5 Pages
The definition of beauty is: a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. Society has taught us that beauty can be portrayed through a magazine’s idea of perfection, but in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story, The Scarlet Letter, he introduces a character who quickly contrasts to our modern day definition of beauty. Hester Prynne, the main character of The Scarlet Letter, portrays her beauty not through her outward appearance, but a startling loveliness to her soul. Throughout the story, the underlying struggle of Hester Prynne was that she had sinned, by having a child with someone who wasn’t her husband. Although she had sinned, and suffered greatly after, due to the sin, her inner beauty shon and caused those who had mistrusted her, to regain their respect in her. While Hester and Pearl, who were discriminated due to their underlying sin, two characters, Chillingworth, the husband, and Dimmesdale, the secret father, deteriorated into ugliness from previous beauty. The cause is simple: loss of innocence and faith lead to their corrupted beauty. As Chillingworth and Dimmesdale turned ripe with ugliness, and struggled with themselves, Hester proved to have a strong virtue no matter what she had gone through. In the novel, The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne exemplified through the internal beauty of Pearl and Hester, that circumstances do not lead to our immorality as long as we stay true to our virtues. The…

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