The Character Of Hester Prynne In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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During the early 1600’s, the Puritans came to the New World. They traveled to the New World from their original home of England to escape the religious laws of the King. Their goal was to create their own religion in which they could have strict laws about committing sins such as lying, stealing, and adultery. An early puritan woman, by the name of Hester Prynne, defied these laws. She was an independent and proud single mother, despite being burdened with her dark sin of Adultery. The outcome of this sin, which was committed alongside Minister Dimmesdale, was her beautiful and high-spirited daughter, Pearl. Hester was then punished for this iniquity through the imposed bearing of the scarlet letter “A” upon her chest. The intention of this ignominious letter was to inflict an evolution upon Hester’s beautiful, vibrant, and prideful soul into a soul of anxiety and depression. …show more content…
The transformation of her spirit, taking place within and outside of Hester, relates to the theme that living a life accompanied by burden can deprive a person of their vitality and beauty. In the case of Hester Prynne, the Scarlet Letter, symbolizing her adulterous actions, was more than enough to deprive her of her happiness and willpower. Ultimately, while there was no exact turning point for the character of Hester Prynne, there was a series of devastating events that eventually succeeded in stripping Hester of happiness and joy. This series of unfortunate events, which are ascribable to the effects of the Scarlet Letter, essentially influenced the evolution of Hester’s transcendentalist beliefs of self-reliance against society, experience to gain happiness, and nature’s spiritual power into depression and shame that overwhelmed her until she reached her breaking

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