You will not take her! In truth, she seemed absolutely hidden behind it. That is exactly what Pearl does, she cares, loves, and respects her mother. This represents the constant state Dimmesdale finds himself in. Taking the name Roger Chillingworth a villainous name, indeed! The novel explains that the Governors repeatedly attempt to take the child away from Hester, as she has been deemed unfit to raise the child without the influence of genuine Puritan law and order. Having that baby is enough evidence to convict her of adultery, which was an actual, punishable crime in. Although he will not confess it publicly, he is the father of her child. Soon the drama unfolds as Chillingworth discovers that the trio are boarding a boat across the sea after the Election Day, and he books himself up to travel with them, since he is obsessed with torturing Dimmesdale.
However, when it comes time to pay for their actions, Dimmesdale declines. The Scarlet Letter makes it clear that social and ecclesiastical institutions can and will become repressive and unimaginative. So brief a journey would bring thee from a world where thou hast been most wretched, to one where thou mayest still be happy! In the 1630s she was excommunicated by the and exiled from and moved to. Perhaps it is because, as R. Her caring and love for her daughter made her wonder if her child was truly evil or not.
When Hester is released, she holds her 3-month-old child in her hands. If a child loves his or her parents, they will always care about them and respect them, true? Emerson separated nature and grace in a way that mirrored what the Puritans had done before him. For this irrevocably harsh sin, she must wear a symbol of shame for the rest of her life. Hester is released from her cell, after which she resides for the next few years in a hut by the sea. This shows her defiance to male authority, because she refuses to tell authority, whom her companion is, but still stands strong in front of everyone looking at her with shame in their eyes. New York, New York: Norton, 1961.
As Hester approaches the , many of the women in the crowd are angered by her beauty and quiet dignity. His single-minded pursuit of retribution reveals him to be the most malevolent character in the novel. New York, New York: Bantam Dell, February 2003. Hester is only to have a brief respite, however, because Pearl angrily demands she resume wearing the scarlet A. Soon the drama unfolds as Chillingworth discovers that the trio are boarding a boat across the sea after the Election Day, and he books himself up to travel with them, since he is obsessed with torturing Dimmesdale. This defiance becomes stronger and will carry her through later interviews with both Chillingworth and Governor Bellingham. But I can love her, so she has the power to punish me for my sin a million times over.
This eventually proves to be especially true for Hester Prynne, the main character in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. She who has once been woman, and ceased to be so, might at any moment become a woman again, if there were only the magic touch to effect the transformation. Here in the forest, Hester removes the scarlet letter, and drops it on the ground. The naming of her child says it all. Hypocrisy is the practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess. And in the forest scene, Dimmesdale acknowledges that she has the strength he lacks and he calls on her help in his time of need.
The husband, Roger Chillingworth, passes by and is commissioned to be the physician to the two, and remedy them of their sicknesses. See, instead of leaving town, Hester decides to stay— because it's where she was shamed. Because of this, Hester endures her punishment alone. Hester explains to Dimmesdale that it is merely because Pearl has never seen her without the letter, but the perceptive reader senses that something else is going on. She has been teaching her daughter about God and other religious facts. Temptation got the best of both of them and a child was created, Pearl. Lesson Summary In this lesson we looked at several quotes from Hester Prynne, the heroine of Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter.
The scaffold is a painful task to bear; the townspeople gathered around to gossip and stare at Hester and her newborn child, whom she suitably named Pearl, named because of her extreme value to her mother. His father created the post for him, and he has retained it ever since. Conclusion Hester reached a higher point because, she overcame tough obstacles brought by men, and proved to everyone that even though she is a woman, she can still be strong and independent. Or you could say that it indicates how people can never fully leave behind their cultural upbringings. When Dimmesdale says that he doesn't want to go off by himself, she basically rolls her eyes and asks him who said anything about going by himself—she's planning to go, too. Another theme is the extreme legalism of the Puritans and how Hester chooses not to conform to their rules and beliefs. Somewhere during this period of time, their solace becomes passion and results in the birth of Pearl.
He is a symbol of the secret sinner; one who recognizes his transgression but keeps it hidden and secret, even to his own downfall. Hester never gave up as hard as it was she kept on fighting till she won the battle. Hester's religious belief is genuine. 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. Through peace and satisfaction, Hester Journeys from a normal young woman living in Puritan society, to a social outcast residing on the outskirts of the forest; then, as though a reward from God, she rises above all others and into the hearts of many, sharing her compassion and giving strength to all that remember her. Toward the end of the novel, Hawthorne writes that people begin to interpret it as standing for Able. To Reverend Dimmesdale the meteor is a sign from God who is revealing his sin to everyone and causes him to be ridden with guilt.
When she does eventually remove the emblem, she instantly regains the beauty she possessed earlier. Pearl is described as extremely beautiful but lacking Christian decency. Therefore, Hester Prynne is a and she has been taking actions to prove so. She hates her much older husband who sent her alone to the New World, but loves her daughter, Pearl. The Scarlet Letter has been misinterpreted for a host of reasons, but perhaps the most salient is that Hawthorne intended it to be misinterpreted.
It is through Hester's strength of character and her ceaseless good deeds that the collective mindset of the town begins to change in her favor. The mirror and the killer-queen: otherness in literary language. Hawthorne's Haunts in New England. Because he is captured by Native Americans, he arrives in Boston belatedly and finds Hester and her illegitimate child being displayed on the scaffold. He does so secure in the knowledge that he loved her, and she loved him. He says, It was my folly!.