Scarlet letter Essay

Submitted By Hblackstead
Words: 597
Pages: 3

Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter is a figure of shame and sin. Hester is looked down upon and shunned by the townspeople because she's has committed adultery. She is forced to wear the letter "A" to tarnish her reputation. Hawthorne's attitude toward Hester is different from the rest of the townspeople because of the way her presents her and finishes the story. As the novel continues the meaning of the scarlet letter changes from adulterer to able, adding to Hawthorne's true view of Hester Prynne and the Puritan society of seventeenth century Massachusetts. Hester Prynne a sinner, becomes a compassionate maternal figure based off her experiences. She becomes independent and questions human morals. Hawthorne pretends to disapprove of her new outlook on life, however his tone indicates that he admires her new ideas and independence. Hawthorne's attitude toward Hester is very frank because of the way he leaves circumstances up to the reader to draw educated assumptions about Hester while Hawthorne remains ambivalent. Hawthorne in the end of the novel represents Hester is a positive light and allows the reader believe that she had overcome all of her sin and sorrow. "Through the remainder of Hester's life there were indications that the recluse of the scarlet letter was the object of love and interest with some inhabitant if another land" Hawthorne proves that the once true meaning of the "A" has been lost due to Hester's determination. However Hawthorne is still frank about his opinion about Hester because even at the end of the novel he does not sentimentalize Hester's death, he views it like history and does to put much emotion into her death. The reason for his frankness is for the reader again to make assumptions about his view and make their own opinions about Jester without the influence of the narrator. Hawthorne's attitude toward the Puritan Society is a lot like his attitude toward Hester. Hawthorne's again allows to the reader to make their own opinion about the society. However it is clear that he judges the way of life of the Puritans because of how they once put so much shame and disgust on Hester but over the course of time they have forgotten the meaning of the scarlet letter and in the end completely accept her and even look to Hester for advice. "Or with the dreary burden of a heart us yielded,