In Miss Maudie’s case, the Christians would drive by and verbally abuse her. Over the course of the novel, Scout, Atticus, and Miss Maudie are victims of a great deal of injustice, as depicted by the actions of the townspeople. Even so, these three characters in To Kill A Mockingbird seem to pull themselves through the war between themselves and the people they interact with. This novel is focused on injustice and how to cope with it and to not just ignore it and somehow, in time, find justice in the
The Scarlet Letter as a Love Story The Scarlet Letter is a story that can be perceived in many ways; it is a story of revenge, a story of sin, but most important it is a story of love. Chillingworth’s characters whole body and mind is consumed by revenge and his pure and sheer hatred towards Reverend Dimmesdale. In the novel there is sin all around the story’s main plot was sin, but that’s not the only sin that is committed. Evert Duyckinck wrote that “The Scarlet Letter is a psychological romance. It is a tale of remorse, a study of character in which the human heart is anatomized, carefully, elaborately, and with striking poetic and dramatic power” (Duyckinck 181).
She is an adulterer. To fully understand Hester, she must be examined in parts. The first to look at is her actual sin. Hester Prynne is hailed as a horrible, if not satanic person by the people of the town. Her sin is bad and there needs to be repentance, but it seems as though her consequences are much too harsh.
Hester, being an outcast of society, experiences the most evident and apparent form of isolation and alienation. As a symbol of sin, Hester is viewed by the strict Puritanical town as an outsider, a presence of evil, and, ultimately, one who is detested by God. The town's harsh condemnation of Hester is revealed through a local woman's comment,
Symbolism in the Scarlet Letter: The Threshold "But there is a fatality, a feeling so irresistible and inevitable that it has the force of doom, which almost invariably compels human beings to linger around and haunt, ghostlike, the spot where some great and marked event has given the color to their lifetime; and still the more irresistibly, the darker the tinge that saddens it." (Hawthorne 83).With these words, this was the life of Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter.” Hester Prynne has committed the sin of adultery and becomes pregnant with her lover’s child. She has to live and wear the letter a, which is embroidered on her clothing. Because of the symbolism of the threshold in “The Scarlet Letter,” Hester Prynne’s life is doubled by the actions she has done. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” Hester Prynne is sent to prison for her sin.
Biblically, we all are sinners. We all “fall short of God’s glorious standard.” (Romans 3:23) But, the way Hawthorne uses the Puritan society seems to contradict that statement. The way the society acts strict and unforgiving towards the main character, Hester Prynne, who is the novel’s protagonist and the wearer of the scarlet letter “A”, which signifies that she is an “adulterer”, expresses the hypocrisy of the Puritans. This is clearly shown through the exclusion, the badge of infamy, and the resent of Hester’s only treasure-Pearl. ** Clearly, Hester’s sin was out in the open for everyone to see.
(83) John Proctor and a select group of the persecuted people from Salem were against the teachings of the church, thus leading to them being persecuted by Rev. Parris and the church. The Church of Salem and more specifically Rev. Parris were disliked by the community, because of the strict rules and judgment of the church on the individuals of the community. The Crucible, by Author Miller conveys the message of fear and paranoia of witchcraft in the town of Salem, Massachusetts.
One of the most significant A's is one the townspeople see on Dimmesdale's chest at the end of the novel. The letter A has a variety of meanings in the story, as well; it has a different meaning for each character. The community sees the letter as mark of righteous punishment. Hester acknowledges the A as a symbol of humiliation. Dimmesdale sees the letter as a reminder of his guilt.
One may claim that Toni Morrison espoused a paradoxical view of the family in The Bluest Eye, yet this incredible novel perpetuates the effect of self-loathing caused by an anguish-laden family to a child. Throughout the entirety of the novel, Morrison elaborates an extensive plot in which Pecola, the main character, is attributed with vast tragedies. She is beaten, abused, harassed, and is the victim of incest. This is clearly the result of an unfortunate, vagabond family, which is unable to provide her with essential family values. Moreover, Pecola’s misery is forced upon her through the corruption of her family.
On the contrary, imprisoned in the Puritan way of thinking, the scarlet letter leads Arthur Dimmesdale to his fall. He is indeed gnawed by guilt and secrecy. *** The scarlet letter symbolises the Puritan’s stance on adultery and is considered as a deadly sin. The scarlet letter is referred to in almost every page. One has the impression that the letter represents the Puritan’s message that is drilled to the population in order to anchor it in their mind.