Hester Prynne's Inner Turmoil In The Scarlet Letter

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Hester Prynne: A Casualty in her own Erotic War. In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne’s depiction of Hester Prynne’s inner turmoil can be viewed and deliberated on in numerous ways. As the reader myself, Hester’s inner turmoil is given off as that when she is denying her secret of Dimmesdale being her lover, she wishes she could deny that anything between them ever happened. Whenever Hester would think about her sin of adultery, Hester would in turn feel sick to her stomach. To me it looks as though Hester believes that Dimmesdale and herself could be together, but will not be able to on this earth before they die. The reader can attain a sense of irony from Hawthorne in this passage from The Scarlet Letter. “Hester at her Needle” combines several…show more content…
He uses numerous words to express ideas and emotions instead of quickly being straight forward and conclusive. He uses diction in almost every sentence to boost our intellect; make it seem more real. In the passage Hawthorne writes “Although she hid the secret from herself, and grew pale whenever it struggled out of her heart, like a serpent from its hole,” instead of simply writing a conclusive passage such as “She hid the secret from her mind and grew sick to herself whenever she thought of her committed sin.” Hawthorne also uses devices such as syntax in his writing of The Scarlet Letter; his sentence structure is often very weighty. Hawthorne’s paragraph includes one-two drawn out sentences. With an abundance of asides, which the whole passage is, and bits of detail that create and amazingly complex set of ideas, Hawthorne manages to successfully conjure his image of Puritan society and how they treat Hester. Without using such circuitous grammar and syntax, Hawthorne might have failed to recreate the formal, deeply psychological Puritan society and ways that the novel attempts. The tones that Hawthorne uses in the paragraph are more so detached, moralizing, impassioned, formal, and skeptical, and he makes it very obvious that he does not care for the Puritan society (The Scarlet Letter - Linguistic
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