In other words, one who is innocent will have no meaning to hide oneself. Therefore, Hester suffers through exclusion from the Puritans; an example of a situational archetype. ** To symbolize Hester’s “sin”, the Puritans brand her with the scarlet letter, “A”, giving the book its title. Obviously, this “A” has a great importance to the novel, one being a
She fought for Pearl as long with Dimmesdeal. The townspeople wanted to kill Pearl; they said she was the devil child. Hester never gave up on her beloved daughter Pearl. Hester Prynne would not revile the father of Pearl, she was protecting her daughter and he secret lover. Hester had trust for her lover and in her self as well.
Elizabeth Proctor is convicted in participating in witchcraft even when it seems obvious to her loved ones and most others around her that she had never involved herself with demonic forces . Elizabeth never confesses to witchcraft, but fortunately, to her advantage, she is found to be pregnant. The Puritan leaders would never sentence an innocent baby to death; therefore, Elizabeth’s life is spared for the remaining months of her pregnancy. Rebecca Nurse was also implicated in participating in witchcraft, regardless of the fact that she presented herself as an upright, God-fearing woman. However, the honest people were more often the ones executed, because they were not
Ryan Payne Literary Analysis English Alias Grace GUILTY! Throughout the whole story there are facts that point to the assumption that Grace is guilty. My biggest reason for believing that she is guilty is just logical reasoning. For example, she expresses her love for Mr. Kinner, a man married to coincidently to the other victim Nancy, in the text of the whole book. Through the whole book I think Grace does a terrible job of covering up the murder and showing people that she didn’t do it.
All throughout Nora’s married life, she had made herself believe “a man can straighten out things so much better than a woman” (185), and always looked up to Torvald as a hero who is incredibly in love with her and “he wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to give his life for [her]” (194). Her illusions about her family are shattered in Act Three, through Torvald’s insensitive and egocentric reaction; “What a terrible awakening! For these last eight years you’ve been my joy and my pride- and now I find that you’re a liar, a hypocrite – even worse – a criminal! Oh, the unspeakable ugliness of it all! Ugh!” (220-221).
Examples like Hester’s alienation during the scaffold scene, Pearl being shunned by children, and Dimmesdale’s isolation caused by his thoughts and intentions contributed to the novel’s prestige and grandeur. A great story with such emotional significance like this one with always be treasured. Isolation is not only experienced in this tale; it is experienced by everyone in everyday life. the evil of isolation can be a physically, morally, and socially tortuous event in Devoid of any social contact, save that of her daughter, Hester must endure of lonely existence. "In all her intercourse with society, save that of her daughter, there was nothing that made [Hester] feel as if she belonged
Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne’s scarlet letter is a hardworking symbol, it represents: adultery, sin, hard work, skill, charity, righteousness, sacredness, and, of course, grace. At first, there is no doubt that it symbolizes the sin of adultery, and Hester wears it as punishment. From the very beginning, she is not willing to let it dictate the terms of her punishment. “On the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread, appeared the letter 'A.' It was so artistically done, and with so much fertility and gorgeous luxuriance of fancy, that it had all the effect of a last and fitting decoration to the apparel which she wore; and which was of a splendor in accordance with the taste of the age, but greatly beyond what was allowed by the sumptuary regulations of the colony” (Cain 630).
At birth, Pearl brought joy, to her Hester’s life; she gave Hester’s hope for a better future. But, there were times when those feeling changed due to Pearl out of the ordinary character. However, Hester never stopped loving her daughter. She gave everything up to be the best mother and paid the biggest price which was her reputation, love, community and friendship. As we see, at a chance of loosing her child Hester exclaimed, "I will not lose the child!"
Sadie demolishes the gender roles that have been ingrained in society by going into motherhood without a husband therefore, “Putting Ma, Pa, and Maud to shame.” In the Poem it states that, “Sadie scraped life with a fine toothed comb”. She didn't leave a tangle in. Her comb found every strand. Sadie was one of the livingest chicks in all the land. Sadie is evidently unfazed by the ridicule and lives life without missing a single strand, in other words taking life for what it is and loving every minute of it proving that going against society is at times acceptable and even necessary to be truly happy.