A defiant character in the scarlet letter by nathaniel hawthorne

Contemplating suicide is blasphemous to the Puritan beliefs because suicide is seen as a great sin and a selfish action, yet her thoughts are also impious in that she would be giving up on herself and her daughter in addition to giving in to the scarlet letter.

From a cursory look at the novel, most readers would not see these ideals in the novel; however, the protagonist, Hester Prynne, embodies each one. This is a complete reversal of the expected roles of these two characters.

Hester Defiant Until the Very End

The townspeople say that she barely seems human and spread rumors that her unknown father is actually the Devil. Following her release from prison, Hester settles in a cottage at the edge of town and earns a meager living with her needlework, which is of extraordinary quality.

Later in the novel, Hester continues to defy Puritan law by refusing to give up her daughter, Pearl. In a moment of weakness, he and Hester became lovers. This combination of "dreaminess" and realism gave the author space to explore major themes. A 2,copy second edition included a preface by Hawthorne dated March 30,that stated he had decided to reprint his Introduction "without the change of a word When she dies, she is buried near the grave of Dimmesdale, and they share a simple slate tombstone engraved with an escutcheon described as: The scaffold is mentioned three times throughout the novel.

However, Hester refuses to give her up since she is all Hester has even if she only causes Hester grief and anguish. Hester Prynne, nevertheless, the loving mother of this one child, ran little risk of erring on the side of undue severity.

It can be viewed as separating the book into the beginning, middle, and end. The letter "A" stands for adulteress, although this is never said explicitly in the novel.

After she returns to her prison cell, the jailer brings in Roger Chillingworth, a physician, to calm Hester and her child with his roots and herbs.

Her defiance throughout the novel shows how a woman can be independent and help unify a community through that independence. Unlike Dimmesdale, his junior colleague, Wilson preaches hellfire and damnation and advocates harsh punishment of sinners.

Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. It seemed to be his wish and purpose to mask this expression with a smile; but the latter played him false, and flickered over his visage so derisively, that the spectator could see his blackness all the better for it. He and Hester have an open conversation regarding their marriage and the fact that they were both in the wrong.

The narrator is a rather high-strung man, whose Puritan ancestry makes him feel guilty about his writing career. While waiting for him, she had an affair with a Puritan minister named Dimmesdale, after which she gave birth to Pearl.

See II Samuel for the Biblical story. She could recognize her wild, desperate, defiant mood, the flightiness of her temper, and even some of the very cloud-shapes of gloom and despondency that had brooded in her heart.

She lives a quiet, somber life with her daughter, Pearl, and performs acts of charity for the poor.

Pearl symbolizes the scarlet letter and serves the same purpose of punishing Hester for her sins.In The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne demonstrates changes in his major characters through his use of diction. Diction, in this case, refers to word choice.

Diction, in this case, refers to word choice. Or, as Hawthorne's narrator puts it a little more sedately, she "lacked reference and adaptation to the world into which she was born.

The child could not be made amenable to rules." In other words, Pearl just doesn't fit in—and she can't fit in, at least not yet.

She can't "adapt" to the Puritan world. Sep 21,  · Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.

Learn about the different symbols such as The Prison Door in The Scarlet Letter and how they contribute to the plot of the book. The Scarlet Letter: eBook Edition Nathaniel Hawthorne Like all of Hawthorne's novels, "The Scarlet Letter" has but a slender plot and but few characters with an influence on the development of the story/5(K).

The Scarlet Letter 3 of ‘starving for symbols’ as Emerson has it. Nathaniel Hawthorne died at Plymouth, New Hampshire, on May 18th, The following is the table of his romances, stories, and.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a classic which is the main reason I chose to read it. But, besides being a classic, it is also a very good book, and I enjoyed it immensely, though the ending was disappointing in that it was a little vague as to the fates of some of the characters.4/5(K).

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