Hawthorne leaves it up to the reader to decide whether the rosebush had survived out of the stern wilderness or whether it had sprung up under the footsteps of the sainted Ann Hutchinson. We encounter this prison door and this rosebush in the very first pages of The Scarlet Letter, and both give the impression that, even in a place of such cold and rigid laws, hope and love can be found. The Scarlet Letter Hester is carrying on her bosom, by displaying her scarlet "A", clearly appears as a sort of entertainment for the Puritan community. One of
. . It will not flee from me, for I wear nothing on my bosom yet!” This quote is important because it shows the importance of the scarlet letter such as humanness and sinfulness. Pearl sees things that normal people do not see, so she points out, metaphorically but also literally, that sunshine doesnt hit the scarlet letter. I like this quote because it shows how Pearl points out the truth without evening knowing it because she is so young and innocent.
She does know but she doesn’t want to. This is why she tells the children to ‘fill up the hole’. At the end of the story together with the children they back out into ‘the sunlight of the garden’. She’s on the threshold of innocence and experience and at this moment, she chooses not to cross over. Eveline seems worldly wise.
Hester worries about Pearl though. Townspeople believe Pearl is of the Devil and Hester believes Pearl is the physical product of her sin. 5. Hester believes, that god gave her Pearl as a source of salvation and a reason to live. Chapter 7 1.
169) and proceeds to argue with Chillingworth. This theme continues after she finishes talking with him in chapter 15, when she states, “Be it sin or no…I hate the man!” (pg. 172). Again, this represents free thought and a growing confidence in Hester. Lastly, Pearl displays nonconformity with her unruly actions at the shore, when “the naughty child picked up her apron full of pebble, and, creeping from rock to rock after these small
Definition: : an element, such as a type of incident, reference, idea, phrase, or image—which is repeated frequently in a single work of literature or throughout literature in general. Example: “The sportive sunlight—feebly sportive, at best, in the predominant pensiveness of the day and scene—withdrew itself as they came nigh, and left the spots where it had danced the drearier, because they had hoped to find them bright. ‘Mother’, said little Pearl, ‘the sunshine does not love you. It runs away and hides itself, because it is afraid of something on your bosom. Now, see!
A spell was broken... ...Pearl’s errand as a messenger of anguish was all fulfilled”(175). Dimmesdale saves Pearl from her demonic, imp-like nature, allowing her to grow up without hindrance from her obsession over the scarlet letter and the sorrow it brought. Lastly, Dimmesdale’s death seems to save Hester when Hawthorne writes that “the scarlet letter ceased to be a stigma which attracted the world’s scorn and bitterness, and became a type of something to be sorrowed over, and looked upon with awe, yet with reverence too”(179). Dimmesdale’s death, along with his revelation to everyone as Hester’s partner in crime frees her from the mockery and ridicule she receives from the townspeople. They now seem to respect her for the suffering she underwent.
In this story Lizabeth is very rude, for example when her and her friends pick on Miss Lottie, Lizabeth doesn’t care how it makes Miss Lottie feel. When they are hiding behind the bushes throwing stones at the Marigold’s, they think it’s funny, and something “cool” to do. Quote, “we had to annoy her by whizzing a pebble into her flowers, or by yelling a dirty word, then dancing away from her rage.” (79) Next, Lizabeth is very immature in this story, for example, when Lizabeth’s parents are arguing. Lizaebeth get’s tired of hearing it. She get’s out of bed, wakes up her brother, goes over to Miss Lottie’s, and destroys all of her marigold’s, but during this she gets caught, and when Miss Lottie caught her she acted like nothing had happened, and she’d done nothing wrong.
(Hawthorne 237)” Mistress Hibbins is a lonely, widower that misses her husband and wants to be with him. For that reason she doesn’t try to appeal the charges laid against her for being a witch. She allows them to speculate about her and even plays it up a bit by referring to the Blackman. Like when she invites Hester to come and perform a ceremony with her, “Wilt thou go with us tonight? There will be a merry company in the forest; and I well-nigh promised the Black Man that comely Hester Prynne should make one (Hawthorne Rubio 2 113).” She plays up this label usually applied to her so she can end her life soon and thus be with her Lord and beloved husband.
The plot sets down a simple story about the girl who is not like the villagers. The conflict comes into play when she gets married. It seems that the villagers find pleasure in the girl’s oddness, loneliness and solitude manner. The pleasure is striped away when she buys happiness in a wicker husband and her perspective on life changes. She, alone, makes her happiness: independence, decisions and freedom.