Months later, people kept posting hurtful comments worsen her depression. Finally, she overdosed. There were at least two girls who were in a similar situation. Research showed that 18% of high school students have taken naked photos and 30% girls, 50% boys have forwarded them blinded that it was illegal. Questions about how pornography alter life and why it is hard to block them were raise.
Madam Hester would have winced at that, I warrant me.” | The townspeople in Hester’s day are so appalled by her act they are going to the extreme that instead of wearing an A on her breast she should be branded on her forehead. This shows the religious dedication people had during this time. | I like how you explained the religious aspect this has on the people during the time. The extreme people will go to seems ridiculous. Do you think this may foreshadow in the future of Hester?
Hawthorne also makes the scaffold a very important main stage for the characters. A. “Those who had before known her, and had expected to behold her dimmed and obscured by a disastrous cloud, were astonished, and even startled, to perceive how her beauty shone out, and made a halo of the misfortune and ignominy in which she was enveloped.” (Hawthorne 50) B. “Thus she shal be a living sermon against sin […]” (Hawthorne 58) C. “After the kiss on the scaffold, Pearl, reconciled to the conditions of life, will not ‘forever do battle with the world, but be a woman in it.’(p.386)” (MacLean 14) D. “The minister who had once sinned but would sin no more died on the scaffold exposing his guilt.” (Bell) IV. Finally, at the end of the book, Hawthorne makes Hester go back to Boston in order to make the reader feel different things about her.
Teenagers feel guilty about their bodies due to the media, and how they see themselves. In a short poem, Lang Day, the author, describes how she saw herself, “Flat-chested, ribs protruding, I always felt fat: bottom heavy. Oh, those massive, rippling thighs spreading whitely as bread dough on the car seat! At twelve I thought i'd die if my waist exceeded 21 inches”(9). This young girl had suffered from anorexia for years all because of how the media portrays “beautiful women.”.
This is demonstrated in the text “Those who had before known her, and had expected to behold her dimmed and obscured by a disastrous cloud, were astonished, and even startled, to perceive how her beauty shone out, and made a halo of the misfortune and ignomity in which she was enveloped” (40). The letter might be a sign of sin to Hester and the Puritan village, but Pearl sees it as something else entirely. The scarlet letter is both a part and a connection to her mother, for they both are the physical manifestations of Hester’s wrongdoing. After Hester takes of the letter, Pearl refuses to come to her. She refuses to recognize her mother, only coming to her after the “A” has returned to her mother’s bosom.
Cassatt would send paintings back to the United States to be exhibited and her works were some of the first impressionists paintings seen in the US. Mary Cassatt remained in France and helped teach others who were interested in the art of Impressionism. She developed diabetes which took her vision from her slowly. She later suffered from ill health and was totally blind at her death in France on June 4th, 1926. I chose to write about Mary Cassatt’s works of art because I like the balance and colors in her paintings.
As a result from Hester’s dedication to paying for her sin by wearing the “A” upon her breast, strength begins to fill her day by day. She is renewed with the new sense of self determination and self-strength that encourages her to proceed to wear the “A” even when society gains respect for her. Journal Question # 8: What sin is the “worst” according to Hawthorne? According to Nathaniel Hawthorne, the worst sin committed would not only be the adultery that was performed but also the fact that Dimmesdale didn’t open his sin to the world when he took part in the adultery, which makes some argue that his sin is worse than Hester’s. He was continuously preaching about the importance of repentance and forgiveness while his own secret sin was eating at his soul.
For example “this woman brought shame upon us all, and ought to die. Is there not law for it?” (Hawthorne 47). But as book describes her in a very “innocent” way “... this beautiful woman, so picturesque in her attire and mien, and with the infant at her bosom, an object to remind him of the image of Divine Maternity… of that sacred image of sinless motherhood…”(Hawthorne 51), some people might have thought that she is innocent. And some say that even wearing the scarlet letter “A” is a big punishment for her, as “ not a stitch in that embroidered letter, but she has felt it in her heart”(Hawthorne 49)or “let her cover the mark as she will , the pang of it will be always in her heart”( Hawthorne 47). Even scarlet letter “A” stands for “art” or “artist” as “She hath good skill at her needle, that’s certain” (Hawthorne 49).
Recently I watched a show called America's Top Model and was horrified at the bodies of those young women. You could literally see the bones jutting out all over. This show glamorizes women, that really isn't the problem, but the fact that it only uses women who are poster children for pro-ana is a big problem. The media needs to be accountable for its impact on our youth, as it is already aware of the body issues it produces. The media is targeting boys more these days as well.
The part that was really embarrassing was when I had gotten up and was starting to pat off the back of my pants when I noticed there was some mustard on the butt of my pants. As soon as everybody heard the loud commotion, all eyes were on me, especially my aunt’s. I could hear everyone laughing at me since I was horrified about my falling and trying to hide the mustard. The next thing I knew, my aunt ran towards me and started yelling at me for ditching school. I was so embarrassed that I swear I could feel my face getting red from all the “Crashers” laughing at my situation.