Analysis Of 'Shame Conflicts In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter'

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Richard F 25 October 2011 Evil for All Life is the pattern of rises and falls of good and evil. A holy reverend is just as capable of committing a crime, just as a murderer might be selfless and give an innocent child a treat. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, characters ride the constant struggle between right and wrong and face the present and futuristic results of their actions. Hester Prynne, a single mother of a bastard daughter, faces this evil in form of the embroidered letter upon her chest. Chillingworth, Hester's undisclosed husband, falls under the evil spell of revenge, as well as Dimmesdale, a reverend in the Puritan society, also falls into the murky waters of lies and deceit when…show more content…
With the absence of her husband, Hester is left to face society on her own, and makes decisions along the way that shape her development in her life. Due to her desire of the reverend Dimmesdale, she chooses to make love to the man who she longs for, and yet in the pursuit of happiness, she condemns herself to a life of agony and perseverance. In Benjamin Killbourn's analysis of the symbolic scarlet letter in Shame Conflicts in The Scarlet Letter, he points out the symbolic meaning of what the true scarlet letter is, Hester's daughter Pearl. "Hester Prynne wears her letter “A” gaudily embroidered, and views Pearl as giving meaning to life—and to shame" (Killbourn 4). This embodied sin of Hester follows her wherever she travels to, just as the actual embroidered letter sticks with Hester. Just as Pearl depicts her mother's sin, she also shows her mother's resilience and emotional strength. This is equivalent to how the scarlet letter ends up being a symbol of power in the Puritan society. "The scarlet letter had the effect of the cross on a nun's bosom. It imparted to the wearer a kind of sacredness which enabled her to

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