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Hester vs. Society

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Miranda Ennis

on 9 November 2012

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Transcript of Hester vs. Society

Hester vs. Society In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne portrays the story of a woman who goes against what her puritan society says is right. She stands up for what she believes and ends up sinning. Hester's sin was unable to be secretly hidden when she became pregnant by a man other than her husband. The puritan society shamed Hester and she was to a wear a scarlet "A" upon her clothing. As an individual Hester is fighting for "fulfillment and love" even if she has to go against what her society considers to be right.
(Sheldon, Sara 1) Some may argue that Hester still committed a crime and rightfully deserves the punishment. The townspeople don't respect her any more because of her sin and they clearly don't try to hide the fact that they don't like her.
"Behold, verily, there is the woman of the scarlet letter, and of a truth, moreover, there is the likeness of the scarlet letter running along by her side. Come, therefore, and let us fling mud at them!" (Hawthorne, Nathaniel 91) "According to traditional moralist, Hester Prynne was truly a sinful woman. Although she sinned less than he hypocritical lover and her vengeful husband, she nevertheless sinned; and from her sin death and tragedy resulted." (Carpenter, Frederick 1) For example... Many people that have more of the traditional kind of values are the one who are against Hester the most. Traditional people together agree that what Hester did was sinful. (Carpenter, Frederick 1) Despite all the hatred from the people Hester doesn't allow them to make a major effect on her and change herself for the townspeople. In The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne refers to the clothing Hester wears drab and plain, just like all the other puritans. Hawthorne evens describes the "the radiance of the scarlet letter" to be "shining upon her breast like a symbol of victory. (Carpenter, Frederick 2) Hester was and to look past they way other thought about her and she "transformed her sin into a virtue" all because she was fighting for the love of her life. (Carpenter, Frederick 2) Hawthorne "refuses to conform to society's code" which is why he chose Hester to be the same way. That is why Hester is always able to stand firm to what she believes... "Hester's private thoughts are anything but passive." (Acosta, Michele 1) find her true LOVE "Hester has a 'natural dignity and force of character' which helps to sustain her." (Acosta, Michele 1) Many writers or authors tend to write their characters' beliefs to be similar to their own. In The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne writer Hester Prynne to stand up for what she believes in even if it's against everyone else. Even though the people are against Hester she stands strong to what she believes and doesn't conform to what her community wants her to be.
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