Theme Of Isolation In Scarlet Letter

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Bailey Towles Shannon Ball 10/20/13 Facing Isolation Isolation is an internal struggle. To feel isolated is like standing in a crowded room, constantly seeing familiar faces, yet feeling loneliness. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter, three of the main characters face isolation in their everyday life. Hester Prynne, the wife of Roger Chillingworth, faces isolation internally and externally. Because Hester is isolated, she has no one to talk to, so she thinks about things a little differently than everyone else. Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale, is affected by the isolation because she isn’t like a normal child. Arthur Dimmesdale suffers the consequences of isolation because he isn’t true to himself…show more content…
Pearl is Hester’s human form of the Scarlet Letter, a constant reminder of her sin. Pearl doesn’t choose to be isolated; she has no choice. Pearl isn’t like any other child. She is very loud and outgoing. Pearl is extremely smart and thinks about things no other seven year old would think about. Pearl has no friends, no one for her to talk to so she spends her whole life by herself. “Pearl was a born outcast of the infantile world. An imp of evil, emblem and product of sin, she had so right among christened infants” (Hawthorne 70). This quote signifies that Pearl is isolated from the community right when she is born, only because of her…show more content…
No one suspects that he is the father of Pearl, so for seven years he acts like another person. Even though Hester is a target to the townspeople and suffers the embarrassment every day, Dimmesdale does not. Isolation makes Dimmesdale physically change. “In Mr. Dimmesdale’s secret closet, under lock and key, there was a bloody scourge. Oftentimes, this Protestant and Puritan divine had plied it on his own shoulders; laughing bitter at himself while, and smiting so much the more pitilessly, because of that bitter laugh” (Hawthorne 106). When someone is this emotionally hurt, they are automatically isolated. Dimmesdale beats himself with the scourge as well as starves himself. Dimmesdale also hears demons laughing at him all the time. All of this comes from him being isolated in the

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