The Badge Of Shame In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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Hester Prynne and The Badge of Shame In the novel, The Scarlet Letter, the author, Nathaniel Hawthorne analyzes the characters and allows the narrator to tell the story in a way that show he knows more about the character than they know about themselves. Yet, the narrator is subjective and voices his own opinion. In the novel, he is clearly sympathetic to Hester and Dimmesdale. Hester Prynne is a woman who is married to a man named Rogger Chillingworth. While she is married she find out she is pregnant with some else’s child. Puritans looked down upon this greatly. For her punishment, she was convicted of adultery, and forced to wear a scarlet letter, “A” on her dress for the rest of her life. When she was let out of prison, she had to stand on the scaffold for three hours and endure the stares of the townspeople. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses many ways to characterize Hester Prynne, and to show her importance in the development of the plot. Hester affects the story by being a symbol of personal, and individual freedom and she is…show more content…
In chapter 18, she decides to remove the letter and her daughter, Pearl, becomes very upset. She wouldn’t come near her mother until she put it back on. Hester is not ashamed to wear the scarlet letter because she knows that her daughter, Pearl is a blessing, as well as a reminder of her sin. Her past sin is a part of who she is. To pretend it never happened would be denying apart of herself. When she is released form prison, Hester still refuses to leave Boston. Although, the narrator never explains why, it is inferred that her life has been too deeply marked by things for her to leave. She also feels bound to Pearl’s father, Arthur Dimmesdale. This shows that she is brave enough to not run away from her problems in Boston and face them head on, for Pearl. Hester uses her innate strength to transform the meaning of her
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