The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

1026 Words Aug 26th, 2014 5 Pages
Making scarifies is a hard thing for anyone to do. Even so there are many examples of character forfeiting something in the Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. No one though sacrificed more than Hester Prynne. Hester deals with many trials and tribulations throughout the book; she sacrifices her freedom, continues to do charity work, and most of all she gives up her own happiness; and all of these things greatly reflects her character.
When Hester is placed upon the platformed and interrogated to reveal the father of her child she refuses. This act, the sacrifice of her own freedom, in order to allow Arthur Dimmesdale to remain free, meant a great deal. Hester knew that he would have suffered more than she if his name were announced, after all the higher you are the further you fall. Dimmesdale 's position in the church meant that he was looked up to to uphold all of the christian values. Keeping this dark secret allowed the Reverend to continue to impact the community with his spiritual teachings. In doing this Hester also denied herself the pleasure of having someone to share her suffering with. When in hard situations people tend to want someone to share their pain, with someone who understands how it feels. In essence Hester isolated herself from the one person she could have done all this with, leaving herself spiritually alone in her hard journey. This great sacrifice reveals a great bit about Hester. It shows that she is a selfless person that thinks about the…

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