The Scarlet Letter

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Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. 1850. New York: Bantam, 1986. Print. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, it started out in the seventeenth century of Boston, Massachusetts, and then ended up in a Puritan settlement. Hester Prynne was sent to America by her husband. While she was there, she had an affair. Hester had a child named Pearl and she refuses to confess who the father was. Hester’s punishment for committing adultery was to wear the scarlet letter “A” on her breast. “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”. (Hawthorne pg.50). There were themes all throughout The Scarlet Letter. The first one I came across was sin. Hester gave birth to Pearl by the town minister, Dimmesdale, while her husband was away. Hester wouldn’t reveal who the father of her child was at first. The letter “A” Hester had to wear for the rest of her life was “a living sermon against sin.” (Hawthorne 69). Another main theme would be Evil and also revenge. Hester’s husband, Roger Chillingworth, was put in a hard life of revenge when Hester destroyed their marriage and lost all of Chillingworth’s trust in her. Chillingworth says, “I have already told thee what I am, a fiend!” (Hawthorne pg. 158). Also, the guilt Hester put Dimmesdale through, if Hester would have confessed that Dimmesdale was the father in the first place, he wouldn’t be so weak and sick from all the stress. Her daughter, Pearl, was given a bad representation by the society like she was a demon. The protagonist, Hester Prynne, found her true self after a long hard life of being known as the “adulterer.” After the affair, it made Hester into the person we knew her as when we were reading. Hester was isolated from her community, and she began to put more thought into

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