Essay The Scarlet Letter, By William Shakespeare

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As the prominent philosopher Thich Nhat Hanh puts it, “Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear…” (Steen “Adversity Quotes”). In other words hope aids in overcoming adversity because it makes the situation bearable. Othello in Othello by William Shakespeare, Hester in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Huck in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain exemplify adversity. Adversity means overcoming misfortunes through hope and learning from one’s mistakes.
Adversity occurs in many different ways; it may happen physically or mentally but both courses can be conquered through hope and learning from mistakes. One example of overcoming adversity can be seen through Hester in The Scarlet Letter. Hester faces adversity from the start of the novel. She is publically humiliated, sent to prison, forced to wear a scarlet A on her bosom, isolated from society, and constantly looked upon as a pariah. Although her hope in ever resuming a normal life wavers and conquering her trials and tribulations appears unattainable, she never once gives up on herself. The townspeople plan for Hester to feel shameful wearing the scarlet A, which many believe stands for adultery, but instead she wears it with pride. Hester transforms the meaning of her A; by the end of the novel the townspeople “said that it meant Able; so strong was Hester Prynne, with a woman’s strength” (Hawthorne 192). Hester learns from her own mistakes and her own sorrow.…

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