If she survive, the tenderness will either be crushed out of her, or—and the outward semblance is the same—crushed so deeply into her heart that it can never show itself more. The Scarlet Letter Character Analysis — Hester Prynne. Her might is also evident in her dealings with both her husband, Roger Chillingworth, and also her lover, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. No one else understands Hester Prone, mainly because there are not that many who have committed adultery, so Hester does not find anyone to relate to. So brief a journey would bring thee from a world where thou hast been most wretched, to one where thou mayest still be happy! Here had been her sin; here, her sorrow; and here was yet to be her penitence.
She convinces Dimmesdale to leave Boston in secret on a ship to Europe where they can start life anew. One can often return to it; it supports familiarity and has the inexhaustible charm and mystery of great works of art. Hester's corporal beauty is first mentioned. Despite the inability of characters like Dimmesdale to deal with their past actions, Hester remains a strong, resilient character throughout the novel. However, in The Scarlet Letter , Nathaniel Hawthorne shows the role of a woman in a different light. Hester Prynne first demonstrates personal strength by walking onto the scaffold from the prison cell without shedding one tear and by holding a high head while being the main center of attention in a public place.
Hester is not only the stronger one, but also the morally right one. Not only is she a gift, allowing Hester to find happiness in her role as mother, but she is a means of torture as well, a constant reminder, just like the 'A' Hester wears, of her adultery. When demanded and cajoled to name the father of her child, Hester refuses. Hester knits and weaves for the townspeople. See, instead of leaving town, Hester decides to stay— because it's where she was shamed.
Asking For Forgiveness Hester comes to Dimmesdale, asking for forgiveness, saying: ''Thou shalt forgive me! She tries to regulate Pearl instead of just letting her say what she wants to say. New York: American Heritage Publishing Company, Inc. This represents the constant state Dimmesdale finds himself in. First, when Hester is prosecuted by the male authority to admit who else committed the crime, she refuses. During the novel Hawthorne plays around with characteristics of gender as he switches male and female traits of character. On Election Day, Dimmesdale gives what is declared to be one of his most inspired sermons.
In denying the natural world the goodness that enables it to become the sacramental bearer of grace, the Puritans fell into the ancient gnostic heresy, which sees the created order as evil, trapping the pure spirit in matter. She had returned, therefore, and resumed,—of her own free will, for not the sternest magistrate of that iron period would have imposed it,—resumed the symbol of which we have related so dark a tale. After seven long years, she is incorporating herself back into the community due to her superb sewing skills. The Judiciary Committee hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, January 30, starting at 1:00 P. Hester removes the scarlet letter for the first time and throws it away. . When the husband sees Hester's shame, he asks a man in the crowd about her and is told the story of his wife's adultery.
Hester is beautiful not only on the inside, but also physically attractive on the outside. The model she decides to follow is not the single moment of conversion, so beloved of our American religious culture, but a lifetime of quiet sacrifice. Perhaps it is because, as R. After living at the edge of the Salem community for so long, under the weight of her sin, she cannot conceive of a life away. One trait that defines Hester throughout the novel is strength.
Renewed by this plan, the minister seems to gain new energy. It means endorsing a racist show of force being wielded for its own sake, contemptuously ripping apart families and our social fabric. Living in a Puritan Society, where they had strict rules that everyone had to abide by, the society showed that men overruled women, and women were subjects to men. She is surprised he had come at such a time where she was at a point of such horrendous turmoil. Furthermore, she must stand on the scaffold for three hours, exposed to public humiliation. But just at this moment the action begins to shift. These had been her teachers,—stern and wild ones,—and they had made her strong, but taught her much amiss.
In the beginning, Hester appears as one of the stronger characters in the story, as seen by her bravery on the platform in which she is sentenced to stand on for three hours in front of the town. Her husband, who had sent her off earlier to wait for him at the Masachussetts Bay Colony never returned after two years. When her husband dies, he leaves a fortune to Hester's daughter, Pearl, even though Pearl is not his child. She held her head high and never let anyone affect her or Pearl. With her husband Roger Chillingworth away, Hester Prynne commits the act of adultery with Arthur Dimmesdale, the minister at the time, which produced their child Pearl. He was aware that, even in the relatively strait-laced world of 1850, Hester would be viewed as the heroine of the novel.
Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1991: 301. Later in the novel, when Chillingworth is at his height of having his way with Dimmesdale, the weakened minister, Hester and Arthur meet in the forest to discuss their future. Passion and happiness were considered to be a sin in the Puritan faith. Hawthorne paints a picture for the reader of Hester's beauty. She always has Pearl by her side.